Matt Wise can start resting a little bit easier now: he is no longer the most recent Brewers pitcher to injure himself on a metal utility object.
Chris Narveson can handle salad tongs well enough, but a pair of scissors meant to help fix the laces of his pitching glove cut the thumb of his pitching hand during Tuesday night’s game. The wound was deep enough to require eight stitches, forcing the Brewers to place Narveson on the disabled list while the laceration heals.
Replacing Narveson on the roster, but not in the rotation, is right-hander Eulogio “Frankie” de la Cruz. I profiled de la Cruz in June, pegging him as the Brewers’ second backup starting pitcher. He throws a hard fastball in the mid-90’s, along with a solid change-up and an occasional breaking ball. The 27 year old is currently #21 on Brewerfan’s Power 50 prospect list. Though he’s stretched out as a starter, he will go to the Brewers’ bullpen for now.
Replacing Narvseon in the rotation, at least for his next start, is Marco Estrada. Estrada has already filled in the rotation once this year, making four starts early this season in place of an injured Zack Greinke. However, since his last start on May 4th, Estrada has only thrown more than 50 pitches only twice. The Brewers readily admit that they’d be happy with Estrada making it through five innings.
Estrada’s next start will come either Friday or Saturday against the Pirates. Manager Ron Roenicke said that Zack Greinke, the scheduled starter for Saturday, may be bumped up to Friday night to give Estrada another day to prepare. The Brewers prefer using Estrada over de la Cruz due to Estrada’s greater experience at the big league level.
If Narveson is placed on the disabled list retroactive to the day after his start last Saturday, he would be eligible to return on August 22nd. The Brewers play the Pirates in a double-header that day.