Veteran hurler Davis to hold audition Thursday

Veteran hurler Davis to hold audition Thursday

Veteran hurler Davis to hold audition Thursday
Teams looking for last-minute rotation depth before the start of the regular season might have to look at veteran Doug Davis.

Davis, who was limited to eight starts with the Brewers last season because of a heart problem and then an elbow injury that required surgery, will hold an audition in Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday morning.

Davis, who had surgery to repair a small tear in his flexor tendon, has been throwing off a mound for more than a month, according to his agent, Steve Canter.

"Doug is ready to go," Canter said. "It's not often that somebody like this pops up in the market the last week of Spring Training."

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The 35-year-old Davis is 91-101 in 11 seasons in the big leagues with the Rangers, Blue Jays, Brewers and D-backs. He was 1-4 with a 7.51 ERA in eight starts with Milwaukee last year, after going 9-14 with a 4.12 ERA in 34 starts for Arizona in 2009. Durability was once his strongest suit, as he averaged 196 innings pitched from 2004-09, before last year's ailments arose.

Canter said Davis would need a few starts in Triple-A to get built up, but that he'd be ready to help a big league rotation within a matter of weeks.

"He's getting a lot of interest," Canter said, declining to name specific teams. "We'll see how it plays out. You look around and see some significant injuries this spring. Doug could help a team."

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for Read his columns and his blog, CastroTurf, and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.