08/08/12 2:38 PM ET
Aramis proving to be worthy replacement for Fielder
By Jeremy Warnemuende / MLB.com
Parra faces hitters in first live action of rehab
MILWAUKEE -- For the first time during Manny Parra's recovery from an impingement in his left shoulder, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has an idea of when the left-hander might return.Parra pitched to Travis Ishikawa and Cody Ransom before Wednesday's game in his first live action since July 24. Roenicke, along with bullpen coach Lee Tunnel, pitching coach Rick Kranitz and others, watched Parra's simulated action and came away encouraged by the result. "The ball came out of his hand good," Roenicke said. "So we're going to talk to him and see where he is, and see if he's ready to pitch on this road trip." The Brewers have an off-day on Thursday before heading on the road to play the Astros and Rockies. Assuming no setbacks, Roenicke said Parra will travel with the team and won't head to the Minor Leagues for any rehab appearances. Parra's last outing before the injury did not go well, as he gave up four earned runs. However, he had made nine straight appearances without surrendering a run before that game. The 29-year-old reliever owns a 4.70 ERA on the year, and he's struck out 51 batters in 44 innings.
Shaun Marcum is set to make his first Minor League rehab appearance on Thursday for Class A Wisconsin. The outing will mark his first live game since June 14, as he's been sidelined with a tight right elbow. The Brewers also announced that Marcum will make a second rehab start next Wednesday against Beloit. After going with a platoon in center field for much of the season, Roenicke said Carlos Gomez will continue to receive the majority of the starts at that position. Gomez, who sometimes struggles with plate discipline, entered Wednesday batting .300 with 10 RBIs and four home runs in his last 21 games. "His at-bats, overall, definitely are better," Roenicke said. "We know he can play good defense. If he gets on base, he's going to steal. It really comes down to the at-bats. Everything else is good with his game. When he's hitting well, he's great to have in the lineup."
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.