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Davies awaits word on September role

Right-hander will start Monday for Class A Wisconsin
August 26, 2018

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers fans wondering what the team has in store for Zach Davies in September aren't alone. Davies is wondering, too.On Sunday morning, the right-hander was mapping his drive to Clinton, Iowa, where Davies is scheduled to start for Class A Wisconsin on Monday night. To Davies' surprise, the

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers fans wondering what the team has in store for Zach Davies in September aren't alone. Davies is wondering, too.
On Sunday morning, the right-hander was mapping his drive to Clinton, Iowa, where Davies is scheduled to start for Class A Wisconsin on Monday night. To Davies' surprise, the Brewers optioned him to that affiliate on Thursday as Davies' Minor League rehabilitation assignment expired.
"It's not my decision. It's not something that I get to decide on," Davies said. "I feel I'm ready, and whatever they decide on is the route we're going to go. … It's not going to change anything. You just go out there and pitch and try to get back where I was the last two years."
After making 61 starts for the Brewers from 2016-17, Davies has been limited to eight this year by a shoulder injury and, more recently, back tightness. But Davies said his back felt "normal" in his two most recent rehab starts, leading to hope he'd be restored to the active big league roster.

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Instead, the Brewers decided to keep him in the Minors. Davies believes Monday will be his only start before Sept. 2, the date he's eligible to rejoin the Major League club.
"It's been a struggle," Davies said. "I haven't had much of a struggle since coming up [to the big leagues]. I mean, I've had stretches where I've pitched bad, and I've been able to correct it. But this is the first real adversity, being on the DL for so long and losing three-quarters of your season."
Brewers general manager David Stearns said he envisions Davies making Major League starts in September.
"That was what was reiterated to me, but I didn't really get a plan," Davies said. "It's just uncertainty."

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.