Chris Capuano is on his way back to the big leagues

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Chris Capuano headshot.jpgAccording to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Brewers have purchased the contract of left-hander Chris Capuano from Triple-A Nashville. Capuano reportedly had an out-clause in his contract if he was not called up to the major leagues by Saturday.

The 31-year-old hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2007 due to the second Tommy John surgery of his career. He was 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA in seven minor league starts this season, including a 1.80 ERA since his promotion to Triple-A Nashville. Capuano, a former 18-game winner with the Brewers in 2005, is 42-48 with a 4.39 ERA over five seasons in the major leagues.

As for where he’ll fit with the team, Anthony Witrado of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel speculates that he could replace Manny Parra in the rotation. The Brewers have yet to announce a corresponding roster move, but I would love if his arrival marked the end of the “Jeff Suppan era.” Wishful thinking, I’m sure.
 

Rubby De La Rosa to undergo a second Tommy John Surgery

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This is unfortunate: Diamondbacks reliever Rubby De La Rosa will undergo Tommy John surgery. This will be the second Tommy John procedure of his career, the first coming back in 2011.

De La Rosa has had elbow  issues for his entire career. Last year his UCL was barking again and he underwent stem cell therapy to try to avoid a second surgery, but it obviously hasn’t worked out. He’s pitched in only nine games this year, allowing four earned runs in seven and two-thirds innings, striking out 12.

I first saw De La Rosa in spring training in 2011. I thought his stuff was pretty phenomenal and figured he’d be a good one. Great stuff is often a function of heavy strain on an elbow, however, and pitchers breaking is, unfortunately, the rule in baseball far more than the exception.

He’ll miss a year at least. We likely won’t see him until spring of 2019, most likely on a minor league deal.

Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal to be examined for arm tightness

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Cardinal closer Trevor Rosenthal was taken out of last night’s game against the Red Sox after he gave up a big homer and a walk. He velocity was down as well, and Mike Mathney said after the game that he didn’t look right. Now the Cardinals are going to take a closer look at him, and he’ll be examined today for what is being described as “tightness” in his right arm.

Rosenthal is 3-4 with a 3.40 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 76/20 in 47.2 innings. He has 11 saves after regaining the closer’s job from Seung Hwan Oh. Now some combination of Oh, Tyler Lyons, and John Brebbia will fill in for Rosenthal to the extent he needs to miss time.