And there was much rejoicing.
Jeff Suppan was placed on the 15-day DL today, retroactive to March 26th, according to Adam McCalvy. At first it seemed like one of those fishy late-Spring “injuries” that seem to come up when a team doesn’t want to cut a guy but doesn’t have room for him, but Tom Haudricourt certainly doesn’t make it seem like that’s the case. The THwitter says an MRI found a “cervical disk problem” that causes “periodic sciatic pain.”
This is probably the best possible outcome for the Brewers. For now, the 5th starter race comes down to Manny Parra and Chris Narveson, and the Brewers don’t lose the long-term depth of keeping Suppan around, as opposed to just cutting him. Even better, with Suppan on the disabled list, the Brewers can effectively keep him away from Ken Macha, who might otherwise be inclined to choose Suppan for that last rotation spot.
At the very least, it provides the Brewers with more time to find a sucker taker on the trade market. By the time Suppan gets back, perhaps Parra or Narveson will have pitched well enough to avoid the possibility of having Suppan make any starts at all. Hey, a guy can dream.