SAN FRANCISCO -- Brewers left-hander Doug Davis will not return to active duty before the end of the season, general manager Doug Melvin said Friday.

Davis, on the disabled list since July 16 with left elbow tendinitis, was hoping to use the final two weeks of the regular season as a springboard to a job in 2011. He expected to return to the Brewers on Friday after a stint at the team's year-round facility in Phoenix this week.

That plan changed after a meeting between Davis and Melvin.

"I met with him and told him we weren't going to be able to pitch him," Melvin said.

The Brewers will instead use the final two-plus weeks of the regular season to evaluate other pitchers. The club is expected to decline its half of Davis' $6.5 million mutual option for 2011 and pay a $1 million buyout instead.

Davis did not necessarily have a setback in his recovery from the elbow issue, Melvin said, but never advanced to the point at which he could return to action. Now he will get a second opinion on his balky elbow.

Injuries derailed Davis' return to the Brewers, where he was a fixture of the starting rotation from the second half of 2003 through the end of 2006, when he was traded to Arizona. He struggled to start 2010, then landed on the disabled list May 16 with pericarditis, a painful swelling of tissue around the heart.

That ailment sidelined Davis until July 9, when he made one start against the Pirates before the All-Star break. Davis returned to the DL with the elbow injury before the team began second-half play.

Tardy Cain admits 'I made a mistake'

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rookie Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain learned his lesson: Don't be late.

Cain was a late scratch from the starting lineup Wednesday in Houston after he arrived late to Minute Maid Park. He thought the series finale was at 7 p.m. CT, but it was actually an afternoon getaway game.

"I made a mistake," Cain said. "Just a mistake. I'll learn from it."

His replacement, Carlos Gomez, had three hits and helped manufacture the winning run in the 10th inning as the Brewers avoided an Astros sweep, so Gomez earned another start Friday against the Giants.

Cain's absence had absolutely nothing to do with Wednesday's infraction, manager Ken Macha said.

"[Gomez] got three hits and basically won the game," Macha said. "I try to be across the board with everybody -- you write the lineup out when you go out and perform well. There's no sanction [against Cain]. That's been dealt with."

Pitching prospect Rogers in line for two starts

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Brewers have settled the date for right-handed pitching prospect Mark Rogers' first Major League start. He'll pitch Sept. 24, the second night of a four-game series against the Marlins at Miller Park.

Rogers is then "in line," manager Ken Macha said, to make a second start at some point during the Brewers' subsequent series, another four-gamer in New York against the Mets.

The Brewers will work with a six-man starting rotation during Rogers' turns, but Macha and pitching coach Rick Peterson organized it such that the rookie Rogers will not face any teams in contention. At the moment, the Brewers are set to feature their three most consistent starters -- Randy Wolf, Yovani Gallardo and Chris Narveson -- in the season-ending series against the National League Central-leading Reds.

Rogers, 24, has been pitching out of Milwaukee's bullpen since his Sept. 10 callup and worked a scoreless inning in each of his first two Major League appearances. He was a starter all season in the Minor Leagues, going 6-8 with a 3.65 ERA in 24 starts at Double-A Huntsville and one spot start at Triple-A Nashville.

"I'd be real pleased with five [innings]," Macha said.

Worth noting

After promoting one wave of pitching prospects to the Majors in 2010 -- Zack Braddock, Jeremy Jeffress and Mark Rogers were the big names -- Brewers farm director Reid Nichols said he expects another to arrive in 2011. Asked about a timeline for prospects like Kyle Heckathorn, Jeffress, Jake Odorizzi, Wily Peralta, Amaury Rivas and Rogers, Nichols told fans participating in a chat at MLB.com on Friday that the wait might not be as long as some might think. "All of these players have the opportunity to play next year in the big leagues at some point, depending on their performances next year," Nichols said. ... Members of the Pioneer League champion Helena Brewers will get championship rings for winning the Rookie-level league title Thursday night.