03/16/10 12:51 PM ET
Capuano suffers setback in comeback
Brewers lefty shut down with recurrence of elbow inflammation
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
2010 Spring Training - Milwaukee Brewers
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"I just think the volume of throwing every day, my body said, 'Slow down,'" Capuano said.So that's what he will do. Brewers manager Ken Macha spoke with Capuano on Tuesday morning and offered encouragement. "The outings he has had, he has thrown the ball well enough to get Major League hitters out," Macha said. "I don't want to get Biblical, but I kind of mentioned to him that in order to get to the Promised Land you have to get through the desert. He's been in the desert a long time. "He can still get there. He certainly has the desire to do that. That's one person I have a lot of admiration for, what he's done." Capuano, 31, came to Milwaukee from Arizona in the December 2003 Richie Sexson trade and won 18 games for the Brewers in 2005 and made the National League All-Star team in 2006. The list of pitchers who have made it back to the Majors after multiple Tommy John surgeries is short, but it can be done. Reliever Chad Fox, a former Brewer, had three such procedures before calling it a career. "There are a lot of ways to stay positive," Capuano said. "I look at Randy Wolf, who a couple of years ago was my age coming off some injuries. I look at how he bounced back from that and where he is now to try to stay positive and keep going." He will keep going, for now, as a starting pitcher. "I really haven't spoken to management or anybody else about considering a different role," Capuano said. "I always wanted to come back as a starter and see if my body can handle that first."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.