September 20, 2008
Running out of games but running out of pitchers even faster, interim manager Dale Sveum announced that left-hander CC Sabathia would start Saturday on short rest against Cincinnati. He will be followed to the mound Sunday by Seth McClung.
The Brewers' tattered rotation had to be reconfigured because McClung pitched two innings of relief Thursday in a 12-inning loss in Chicago, scratching him from a scheduled start Friday. Jeff Suppan moved up a day to start the opener against the Reds, leaving a void today.
"It's a matter of what's going to give us the best chance of winning (today)," Sveum said. "We felt that CC on three days' rest is as good an option as we have.
"CC was all for it and ready to go. He was fired up. It wasn't a tough sell."
Sabathia, who threw 99 pitches in his previous start Tuesday night in Chicago, had started on short rest just once in his career, as a rookie with Cleveland in 2001. But that outing was intended to be short (five innings) and align Sabathia for a playoff start against Seattle.