Kirk Rueter voiced his displeasure to San Francisco management after being demoted to the bullpen. The veteran left-hander will get another chance in the rotation when the San Francisco Giants continue a four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.
Rueter has had just two losing seasons in 13 years as a starter in the majors. But he’s 2-7 with a 5.73 ERA this season, losing a career-high five straight decisions while posting a 7.28 ERA over his last nine starts before being sent to the bullpen on July 6.
Rueter made two relief appearances, giving up eight runs in nine innings, but the 34-year-old hurler said Tuesday that if he can’t pitch every five days with the Giants, he would prefer to be traded.
“I just want to be in a position to succeed, and I think that’s what you do with athletes,” Rueter said. “I don’t think I’m helping the team by not touching the ball for two weeks.
“They’re saying if I have a bad start then I’m back out of the rotation.
Rueter added that if he continues to struggle in San Francisco or elsewhere, he may consider retirement.
“The bottom line (is) you’ve got to produce every year,” he said. “I’ll be the first to say this year has been bad. I’ve been bad.”
Rueter has had plenty of success against the Brewers during his career, going 8-2 with a 2.31 ERA in 12 starts. He is 3-0 in four career starts at Miller Park, but lost his last outing against the Brewers 6-1 on April 22 in San Francisco, giving up five runs in seven innings.
Brad Hennessey pitched seven scoreless innings and took care of the offense with a three-run home run to lead the Giants to a 3-0 win in Thursday’s series opener.
The rookie right-hander hit a 2-0 pitch for his first home run in 30 career at-bats as San Francisco won its 10th straight road game against Milwaukee.
The Giants have won just five of their last 12 games overall.
Milwaukee was shut out for the second straight game, and fell to 8-7 since the All-Star break.