Brewers place Suppan on DL

7 07 2008

The Brewers solved the problem of their crowded starting rotation with the addition of CC Sabathia.

After hyper-extending his elbow a few starts ago, Jeff Suppan has been placed on the DL.  He tried to pitch through the pain until it went away.  That never is a good idea for a pitcher.

As Tom Haudricourt says, at least we know why Soup has been so bad his past few starts.  In his last four outings, the veteran right-hander has a 10.34 ERA.  That’s just plain awful.

I find it a bit suspicious that the Crew made this move after trading for Sabathia, but I could just be reading too much into the situation.  Instead of demoting a veteran, $40M pitcher, the team simply put him on the DL with an injury nobody knew about.  Does that remind anyone else of the supposed injury Jason Isringhausen had with the Cardinals?

I’m not saying the Brewers made up this injury, but it certainly came at a convenient time.  Get better, Jeff.  The Crew needs you healthy and effective down the stretch.  It’s one thing to be tough and pitch through pain, but it’s another thing entirely to be sacrificing your team’s record because of it.  Take a couple weeks, get better, and come back throwing strikes.  BrewersNation wishes you a speedy recovery, Mr. Soup.  We will see you on the mound in a couple weeks if all goes according to plan.

In the meantime, Dave Bush and Seth McClung have been guaranteed jobs in the starting rotation until Soup recovers from his injury.  That solved the pitching problem very quickly.



2 responses

7 07 2008

Conversely, it could have been a ploy to prevent the Indians from asking for more because a hurt Suppan would have made the Brewers very very desperate.

7 07 2008
Jim Breen

Excellent point. I never thought of that.

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