Peralta on track for final start after MRI is negative

Peralta on track for final start after MRI is negative

Peralta on track for final start after MRI is negative
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers pitching prospect Wily Peralta received a clean bill of health after an MRI scan of his right arm on Friday. The right-hander remains scheduled to make one more 2012 start on Tuesday against the Padres -- assuming the Brewers are still alive in the National League Wild Card race.

The 23-year-old's status was in question after he exited a stellar start against the Reds on Thursday complaining of tightness in his right biceps. After the MRI showed no physical damage, Peralta was able to play catch at Miller Park.

"I was really happy that he wasn't real sore today," manager Ron Roenicke said. "He still felt it a little bit, but he wasn't very sore, which is very encouraging. He saw the doctors and everybody says he is fine, physically."

But the Brewers won't risk another Peralta start unless they need it, or he is 100 percent healthy, Roenicke said.

The team entered Friday four games behind the Cardinals in the chase for the second NL Wild Card with only six to play.

Peralta pitched well against the Reds on Thursday, allowing two singles in 5 1/3 scoreless innings, but he was dealing with discomfort in his biceps after the second. He said something to veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who passed along word to Roenicke and head athletic trainer Dan Wright.

They cleared Peralta to continue pitching, but it became clear during a strikeout of Reds pitcher Mat Latos in the sixth inning that something was amiss. Peralta's sudden wildness prompted a change to reliever Brandon Kintzler.

Did Peralta make a mistake by not alerting the athletic trainers or coaches earlier about his issue?

"No," Roenicke said. "He felt a little something in the second inning, a little tightness, and it's a little different when it's in the biceps -- it's not as dangerous for him to go out there and pitch."

Peralta is 2-1 with a 2.48 ERA in five starts and one relief appearance since his promotion from Triple-A Nashville. He has pitched himself squarely into consideration for next year's starting rotation.