Winless in 14 starts this season, Estrada has fallen victim to an offense that couldn't provide decent run support in many of his appearances. His last start, though, was not one of those instances. Estrada gave up four earned runs in the first three innings on Saturday against the Astros, and he didn't hold anything back after what turned out to be a 6-5 loss for the Brewers. "I let a bad team beat me," an angry Estrada said. On Thursday against the Phillies, Estrada will make his first trip back to the mound since that game against Houston. Looking for his first win of the season, the 29-year-old right-hander, who gave up five runs and lasted just four innings against Philadelphia on July 25, said he's looking forward to the chance to make up for his last start. "The last outing was the most frustrating outing I've had all year," Estrada said. "I had no idea where the ball was going. I worked on a couple of things, and I'm beyond anxious to get back out there. It was mental and a little bit of mechanics. I saw the video, and I kind of rushed a couple of things. I worked on staying back to get that ball down more." Phillies: Polanco expects to return after Brewers series
The Phillies will be without third baseman Placido Polanco against the Brewers, but they hope to have him back on Monday as he recovers from lower back inflammation. On the 15-day disabled list since July 23, Polanco planned to head to Clearwater, Fla., for a rehab assignment with Philadelphia's Class A team while the Phillies are in Milwaukee. He's expected to play six innings on Thursday, serve as designated hitter on Friday and play a full game on Saturday before heading to Philadelphia for a workout on Sunday. The hope is that he comes back ready to go for the Phillies' matchup with the Reds on Monday. "I expect to be the everyday third baseman, but what I expect and what is going to happen could be two different things," said Polanco, who added that he doesn't feel any issues in his back. Manager Charlie Manuel was doubtful earlier this week that the 36-year-old veteran's back would hold up to the grind of playing every day, and Polanco admitted he doesn't know what will happen. "I just want to be healthy for whatever," he said. "If he plays me, he plays me. If not ..." Worth noting
After a six-game road trip, Thursday marks the Brewers' return to Miller Park, where Milwaukee has won six straight and is 8-1-1 in its past 10 series. The Phillies are two games under .500 (28-30) on the road, which is actually better than their record at home (26-33). This weekend is the last time the Brewers and Phillies will meet this season, with the only other series between the two teams being Philadelphia's three-game sweep in July.