Milwaukee Brewers: Chris Capuano To DL After Some Progress Made in May

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Apr 14, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Chris Capuano (39) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the game 7-0. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 14, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Chris Capuano (39) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the game 7-0. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports /
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After Chris Capuano gave up 2 ERs last night to give the Braves the lead, the Milwaukee Brewers announced today he’s going to the 15-Day DL with left elbow soreness.

Chris Capuano is an interesting player for the Milwaukee Brewers no matter what your opinion is of him as any time a player makes a reunion with their team later in their career, it’ll always be a story. But, Capuano played his significant part of his career with the team as in 2006 he was with the Milwaukee Brewers, the only year he was an All-Star.

Getting back to reality, Capuano has had Tommy John surgery twice, so it’s pretty impressive he’s even able continue to play at age 37. Looking back about 3 weeks ago when I wrote about the Milwaukee Brewers pitching having the weakest ERA-FIP comparison (via Fangraphs), the bullpen is one thing that certainly has improved.

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At the time Chris Capuano had a 4.50 ERA and 7.42 FIP. Nearly a month later he’s down to a 4.13 ERA and 6.63 FIP. Not a significant change, but a positive one nonetheless.

Looking at his replacement, RHP David Goforth, he’s had a 7.20 ERA in 5 IP this year. Down in AAA Colorado Springs, he pitched 18.1 innings with a 3.93 ERA and 4.23 FIP.

So, whether you’re a fan of Chris Capuano…

Or, not…

We’ll just have to see if it plays any significant role.

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But, more than likely Milwaukee Brewers fans are more hopeful Jeremy Jeffress, Tyler Thornburg, and Blaine Boyer all stay healthy as they’ve played a big part in keeping the bullpen solid. Their ERAs or FIPs are 3.72 or less. But, at least someone will have to start eating up the innings if the starting pitchers have some rough starts as Capuano played a role in doing that leading the team with 24 innings pitched.

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