Saturday may have foretold the future for the Brewers…at least for the next start for two starters.
Dave Bush struggled mightily again for the parent club, lasting only 3 innings and allowing 5 ER’s en route to his 4th loss on the year. In his last 6 starts, Bush has gone 0-4, and allowed 29 ER’s over 28 IP’s.
Meanwhile, Mike Burns–who spelled Manny Parra in a game in Florida earlier this year–pitched 7.33 IP for the Sounds, allowing just 1 ER, and lowered his ERA to 2.55.
Earlier, I speculated that Burns is a likely candidate to replace Parra for the 5th spot in the rotation. But, after the Brewers’ game, Bush admitted to feeling some fatigue in his throwing arm, prompting everyone to feel he might benefit from an additional day of rest. Enter Burns.
Burns could now start next Thursday on five days rest in place of Bush, and Bush could wait until next Saturday–the day when a 5th starter is needed–in hopes that two more days worth of rest may help his delivery.
Unfortunately, promoting Burns on Thursday instead of Saturday would require the demotion of another player two days earlier. But wait a minute…wasn’t Mat Gamel called up primarily to DH in interleague games? The Brewers’ interleague schedule at AL parks where the DH is used ends on Sunday…and demoting Gamel two days earlier could, theoretically, prevent him from becoming a “Super Two” player this season.
Just a thought…but check out to see if this happens later in the week.