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Jeff Suppan demoted from rotation to bullpen

Apr 25, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

suppan staring.jpgThe Brewers pulled a card out of the Cubs’ playbook on Sunday and demoted high-priced starter Jeff Suppan to the bullpen, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Anthony Witrado.  The Cubs, of course, did the same thing last week with Carlos Zambrano.

Suppan posted a depressing 8.68 ERA and 2.04 WHIP in his first two starts of the season — both against the division rival Cubs — and manager Ken Macha decided this weekend that he’d seen enough.  The 35-year-old right-hander is earning $12.75 million this season, his last guaranteed year in Milwaukee.  He was awful this spring and probably shouldn’t have landed a spot in the rotation out of camp, but Brewers GM Doug Melvin isn’t worried about the stigma that goes with paying so much to a middle reliever.

“The investment part of it, I think people make too much of
that,” Melvin said. “People say he’s making more money so he gets more
of a chance. I think you give him a chance because the guy’s started 30
games 11 years in a row. That’s what you give the chance to. It’s got
nothing to do with the money.”

Left-hander Chris Narveson was promoted to the rotation in Suppan’s place.  We’ll see how he fares Wednesday against the Pirates.

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