Milwaukee manager Ned Yost has been looking to bolster the back end of his starting rotation. He’s hoping journeyman Doug Davis can help.
Davis makes his Brewers debut as Milwaukee resumes a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
On Monday, the Brewers purchased Davis’ contract from Triple-A Indianapolis to take the place of David Manning, who was outrighted to the minors.
Davis, a 27-year-old left-hander, is pitching for his third major league team this season.
He made one start for Texas before being claimed off waivers by Toronto on April 30, going 4-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 12 appearances, including 11 starts, for the Blue Jays.
Davis, who has also pitched for three different minor league teams this season, was signed by Milwaukee as a free agent on July 14.
“It’s nice to meet new people,” said Davis.
Davis indicated that he would like to stay in Milwaukee as long as possible. Yost is also hoping that his newest starter does what he needs to stick around.
“We need some consistency in the No. 4-5 spots,” Yost said. “With everyone else, we’re a .500 team.”
However, the starters who have filled the other two spots in the rotation— Dave Burba, Matt Ford, Manning, Wes Obermueller, Ruben Quevedo, Todd Ritchie and Glendon Rusch—are a combined 3-29 and winless since June 14.
The Brewers and general manager Doug Melvin, who was in his last season as Rangers GM when Davis went 11-10 with a 4.45 ERA in 2001, hope that Davis can help patch the holes in the staff.
“He’s a guy that doesn’t overpower you with stuff but has got a lot of deception,” Melvin said. “We’re hoping to bounce back to the season he had in 2001.”
The Brewers lost 6-3 to the Pirates on Friday—their third straight defeat and seventh in nine games. Richie Sexson went 2-for-4 and hit his 33nd homer of the season, and Scott Podsednik also had two hits for Milwaukee.
Matt Stairs homered for Pittsburgh, which has won four of seven.
STANDINGS: Brewers - 6th place, 17 GB, NL Central. Pirates - 4th place, 7 1/2 GB, NL Central.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Davis (0-0, 0.00 ERA). Davis’ last start came on July 3 when he was with the Blue Jays. He gave up three earned runs and nine hits in four innings of a 6-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. The 27-year-old righty has never faced the Pirates.
PIRATES PROBABLE STARTER: Kip Wells (5-6, 3.80 ERA). On Monday, Wells gave up five earned runs and eight hits in six innings of a 6-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals—his second straight setback after a three-game winning streak. He is 5-3 with a 3.48 ERA in nine career starts against the Brewers.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Brewers - Podsednik, .298 avg.; Sexson, 33 HRs, 89 RBIs and 73 runs; Eric Young and Podsednik, 24 SBs. Pirates - Jason Kendall, .309 avg. and 69 runs; Reggie Sanders, 25 HRs and 9 SBs; Brian Giles, 67 RBIs.
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 6-6.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Brewers - Veteran C Eddie Perez will start Saturday to help LHP Davis’ adjust in his first start. … RHP Jayson Durocher, on the disabled list since mid-June with shoulder tendinitis, reported to Triple-A Indianapolis Friday to begin a rehabilitation assignment. He is expected to rejoin the Brewers after rosters are expanded on Sept. 1. … INF Keith Ginter went 0-for-3 Friday, snapping his career-high nine-game hitting streak. Pirates - Pittsburgh is 6-6 against the Brewers after going 15-4 against them last season. … On Friday, the Pirates’ opponent scored the first run for the sixth time in seven games. … The Pirates acquired 2B Bobby Hill from the Cubs on Friday as the player to be named in the deal that sent Aramis Ramirez and Kenny Lofton to Chicago.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Brewers - 26-35 on the road; Pirates - 27-35 at home.
INJURIES: Brewers - INF Wes Helms (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Durocher (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Matt Ford (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Ruben Quevedo (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Glendon Rusch (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 60-day DL. Pirates - RHP Salomon Torres (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Kris Benson (shoulder), 60-day DL; LHP Dave Williams (shoulder), 60-day DL; INF Pat Meares (hand), 60-day DL; INF Pokey Reese (thumb), 60-day DL.
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