ST. LOUIS -- The Brewers placed reliever Todd Coffey on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a bruised right thumb, but will wait until Tuesday to make a corresponding roster move. More likely, there will be corresponding roster moves. The decision to place Coffey on the DL, retroactive to May 30, the day after he was injured during an at-bat against the Mets, came after he visited Dr. William Raasch in Milwaukee on Saturday and prompted club officials to move up a meeting about the pitching staff that was originally scheduled for Tuesday. Instead, manager Ken Macha, pitching coach Rick Peterson and bullpen coach Stan Kyles spoke via conference call with general manager Doug Melvin and his top staffers on Sunday. They discussed the starting rotation and the bullpen, and the results of that chat will become clearer, Macha said, on Tuesday.
"We've got a pretty good idea of what we want to do," Macha said. Macha would not say it, but Coffey will probably be replaced by right-hander David Riske, who is currently on the 60-day disabled list, but set to reach the end of a Minor League rehabilitation assignment on Wednesday and will have to be restored to the 40-man roster. Riske underwent Tommy John surgery last June and is in the final season of a three-year contract. The Brewers' 40-man roster is currently full, so the team would have to make yet another tough call to clear a spot for Riske. He last pitched for Triple-A Nashville on Friday, and has surrendered two earned runs in his first eight innings for the Sounds. Macha hinted that the team would probably stick with its 13-man pitching staff for now.