Notes: Capuano treating bruised leg
Lefty feeling good, expects to make next scheduled start
MILWAUKEE -- After a battery of treatment befitting boxers Floyd Mayweather, Jr. or Oscar De La Hoya, Brewers left-hander Chris Capuano said his right leg was bruised but better, and that he expects to make his next start as scheduled.
"I don't see it being an issue at all," Capuano said.
Capuano was struck on the back of his right leg, just below the knee, by an Aaron Miles line drive in the second inning of Wednesday's win over the Cardinals. The baseball caromed to first baseman Prince Fielder for the inning-ending out, and Capuano came back out to pitch the third. But his leg stiffened up and he was replaced in the top of the fourth inning by reliever Carlos Villanueva, who combined with Matt Wise to complete Milwaukee's first shutout this season.
Capuano wad diagnosed with a right calf contusion and went through a barrage of treatment on Thursday afternoon that included soft tissue massage, stretching and a 30-minute ride on a stationary bike. He also tested the leg by running in place while submerged in a resistance pool in the training room, and reported no ill effects.
The next big test will come Saturday, when Capuano throws his side session.
"Mainly, we're just trying to pump the fluid out of there," Capuano said. "It's still a little sore, but I've been walking around without a limp, no problem. The big thing is to get back to the point where I can run again comfortably."
Message sent: Wondering why Villanueva was repeatedly making a "C" over his heart with his right hand during Sunday's win in Houston? It was a message to his dad.
Carlos Sr. lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and the Brewers-Astros game was picked up by a television station there, partly because Dominican righty Claudio Vargas was starting for Milwaukee. Because his dad had been ill, the younger Villanueva wanted to do something special.
"He never gets sick, ever," Villanueva said. "So whenever he does, all of us get a little nervous. I told him to be on the lookout because I was going to do something. He told me he was feeling a lot better."
Dad is not a fan of airplanes, so he has never seen his son pitch a professional game. Carlos Jr. bought his dad the MLB.TV package so he can watch games over the Internet, so dad was able to catch his son's four scoreless innings in the win over the Cardinals on Wednesday.
This time, though, there were no hand signals for dad.
"I think I'll let that be a one-time thing," Villanueva said. "I don't want to be known as a guy drawing attention to myself."
Feast or famine: Proving the adage that closers always seem to be overworked or not getting any work at all, both Derrick Turnbow and Francisco Cordero had not appeared in any of the Brewers' three wins over the Cardinals this week.
That stretch of inactivity came after Turnbow, the team's eighth-inning man, appeared in 13 of the Brewers' first 24 games and Cordero, the closer, in 12. Cordero was tied for the Major League lead with 10 saves through Wednesday's games, and the Brewers were 16-0 when leading after seven innings.
"Both of them were up [in the bullpen] yesterday," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "And that counts, too."
Fans go to bat: By the end of their first day of availability, all 125 of the "Bill Hall Pink Bat Packages" for June 3 had sold out and 50 fans were already on a waiting list, so the team decided to also offer the package for Saturday, June 2.
The special package, announced earlier in the week, includes two game tickets to the all-inclusive Club on the Club at Miller Park for the Brewers-Marlins game, plus an authentic autographed pink bat from Hall. The package costs $222, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research.
A year ago on Mother's Day, Hall used a pink bat as part of a league-wide breast cancer awareness promotion and delivered a game-winning home run to beat the Mets with his mother, Vergie, in the stands at Miller Park.
Fifty of the June 2 packages went to fans who inquired about the sold-out June 3 date, so 100 remained as of 3 p.m. CT on Thursday. For information call (414) 902-HITS.
On deck: Brewers right-hander Vargas, who escaped three bases-loaded jams in five innings and beat the Astros in his last start, will take the mound Friday against Pirates left-hander Paul Maholm at 7:05 p.m. CT. The Brewers are 4-0 in Vargas' starts this season, including his April 18 win at Miller Park, when Vargas set a career high with 11 strikeouts.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.