MILWAUKEE -- At the time, it looked a little suspicious. But on Friday, Zach Davies offered a fuller explanation for the wayward pitch that struck Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, and raised Rizzo's ire earlier this week at Wrigley Field.It turns out Davies was hurting.A day after the Brewers placed
MILWAUKEE -- At the time, it looked a little suspicious. But on Friday, Zach Davies offered a fuller explanation for the wayward pitch that struck Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, and raised Rizzo's ire earlier this week at Wrigley Field.
It turns out Davies was hurting.
A day after the Brewers placed the right-hander on the 10-day disabled list with right rotator cuff irritation, Davies said he began feeling discomfort in his final inning of work in Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Cubs. Thanks to some well-placed off-days, Davies expects to miss only one start.
"The last inning of my start against the Cubs, it was kind of tight and I couldn't get to my release point," Davies said. "The ball that I hit Rizzo with was kind of where it started. After that, I let the staff know when I came out."
After several days of rest, Davies tried to throw Wednesday in Cincinnati and again Thursday at Miller Park on the Brewers' day off, but could only throw a handful of pitches pain-free each time. With a start against the Pirates scheduled for Saturday, Davies and club officials decided a DL stint was the wisest course of action.
The Brewers recalled reliever Jorge Lopez on Friday to take Davies' spot. They can cover the next week with four starting pitchers.
Davies expects to rejoin the rotation on May 11 against the Rockies in Denver, though the Brewers could push him one more day before they require a fifth starter.
"I don't think this is a serious injury," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.
"It works out nice to keep our starters on a five-day schedule and push me back. I'm thankful for that kind of timing, but it's never fun to go on the DL," Davies said.
He had not been on the DL since 2014, when Davies was in Baltimore's Minor League system and he developed shoulder discomfort after returning too soon from a line drive off his forearm.
More relief coming
The Brewers' stout bullpen is on the verge of some experienced additions. Left-hander Boone Logan, coming back from a triceps injury, was scheduled to pitch for a second straight day for Double-A Biloxi on Friday, and could be in the Brewers' bullpen by next week's Interleague series against the Indians. All-Star closer Corey Knebel (hamstring) isn't far behind.
"He threw [Thursday] night. He had an easy outing, so we'll go from there," Counsell said of Knebel. "He's pitching Sunday and then we'll just keep going from outing to outing. I'd still put it on the road trip. That's what we're looking at, the beginning of the road trip."
The Brewers open a three-city trip on Thursday at Colorado.
Catcher Stephen Vogt's comeback from a right shoulder injury is more open-ended. He has caught 12 innings so far between extended spring training and Biloxi, including Thursday's win over Jacksonville, in which three runners stole second base on Vogt. The report sent to Counsell, however, said they were on pitches in the dirt.
"He's going to need to catch some more games, for sure," Counsell said.
Mets' Harvey hits the market
Brewers general manager David Stearns chuckled when asked whether the Brewers might have interest in right-hander Matt Harvey after the Mets designated the one-time ace for assignment on Friday.
"Look, I'm not going to comment on a player who is currently on another team, even a player who has been DFA'd," Stearns said. "Any time there is an available player, we take a look. But beyond that, I'm not going to comment."
When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is immediately removed from his club's 40-man roster, and 25-man roster if he was on that as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.
Harvey is earning $5.625 million this season, and a team would have to assume that salary in a trade with the Mets. If no team is willing to do so and Harvey is released, a team could pick him up for a prorated portion of the league minimum.
The Brewers are not well positioned to take a flier on Harvey, who has insisted he wants to be a starting pitcher. Brewers starters entered Friday ranked 10th in the Majors in ERA.
Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.