Capuano added to NL All-Star roster
Brewers lefty replaces Mets' Glavine for Tuesday's game
MILWAUKEE -- Chris Capuano was standing in the bullpen at Miller Park before Sunday's game, going through his normal throwing routine with pitching coach Mike Maddux.
Making his way toward the bullpen was Brewers manager Ned Yost.
"Ned came walking out, and I thought, 'Uh, this is a little different,'" Capuano said.
Yost then delivered the good news.
"'You mind changing your plans for the All-Star break?'" Capuano said the manager asked him.
What was Capuano's response?
"'Of course,'" the pitcher told Yost.
National League All-Star manager Phil Garner called Yost on Sunday to ask if Capuano could replace Mets pitcher Tom Glavine on the NL All-Star roster. Glavine, who started on Sunday for the Mets, will be unable to pitch in the All-Star Game on Tuesday at Pittsburgh's PNC Park.
"Its last minute, but it's not last minute," Yost said. "When you deserve to go, it always works out that you go, someway or another. The guys that are most deserving somehow find their way on there."
Capuano finished second in the Monster 2006 All-Star Final Vote to the Dodgers' Nomar Garciaparra. The Brewers left-hander has racked up an impressive 10-4 record this season with a 3.21 ERA and 112 strikeouts. He also leads the Majors in quality starts with 17.
"He's a hot pitcher, and he fits quite nicely because he pitched a couple of days ago [on Thursday]," Garner said. "He's totally rested, and we have more leeway to go with him. He can give us some innings if we need it."
It's been a somewhat bizarre week for Capuano, who went from All-Star candidate to near All-Star to the third Brewers representative in the Midsummer Classic. Capuano admitted he was uncomfortable with all of the attention placed on him while teammates, family, friends and fans voted as many times as possible for the left-hander.
"I still haven't even called my dad yet," Capuano said. "It still hasn't really sunk in. It's been a surreal week."
Capuano said he did have to spend a little bit of time this week coming to grips with the apparent fact that he wouldn't be an All-Star. Capuano missed a second chance at becoming an All-Star when another Met, Pedro Martinez, backed out due to injury. Garner replaced Martinez with one of his own pitchers in Roy Oswalt.
When asked if he could compare this week with any other in his professional life, Capuano said he couldn't. In fact, the newest Brewers All-Star was all packed to go back to Cape Cod, Mass. But he was more than happy to change his plans.
"I don't know how many people I can call," Capuano said. "I'm having a hard time processing it all."
Yost also told Capuano that, with so many All-Star pitchers starting this weekend and since Capuano would be pitching on Tuesday on normal rest, there is a high probability he will see action.
Of course, that could mean potentially facing the likes of sluggers such as David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez.
"'Mad Dog' told me he's got some notes, if I want to take a look at them," said Capuano of Maddux's help. "There aren't any breaks in that lineup."
As for the whirlwind couple of days that is the All-Star break, Capuano said he had only heard stories about how busy his time in Pittsburgh will be.
"It's almost like the game is an afterthought," Capuano said.
The Brewers now have three All-Stars for the first time since 1983, when they had four representatives.
"I'm really pleased for him," Yost said. "He honestly deserved to go, as much as Derrick [Turnbow] and Carlos [Lee] did."
Yost said that, depending on what Capuano does in the game, he could be bumped back a day in the rotation for the Arizona series, with Doug Davis as the probable pitcher to go in Capuano's spot.
John Sahly is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.