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Brewers' owner confident with Melvin; Burns returns to team

Brewers' owner Mark Attanasio has given a vote of confidence to general manager Doug Melvin, and says rumors of his possible firing are "ridiculous."

The owner also said he'll let Melvin decide the future of manager Ken Macha, whose team has 14 more losses than on this date a year ago.

Melvin has not publicly criticized Macha, who will have one year left on a two-year contract.

But the GM says he won't make any decisions about the manager until after the season.

Melvin has three years left on his contract, after winning an extension a year ago. Attanasio says he's not interested in breaking up the team after what he called a disappointing season.

He says it's a fixable situation. But he said Melvin would have to do more than just add a couple starting pitchers.

The Brewers admitted having a lack of pitching depth going into the season and it only got worse after starters Dave Bush and Jeff Suppan missed a combined three months due to injuries.

Attanasio says injuries must be factored into the team's personnel decisions but he won't use them as an excuse to the fans.

Starter Mike Burns is returning to the Brewers. The right-hander had gone home after his season ended at Triple-A Nashville.

But left-hander Manny Parra will miss his next start Friday night with a stiff neck. And general manager Doug Melvin is talking about resting starter Yovani Gallardo for the rest of the season, to help preserve his right arm after building up one of the National League's highest pitch counts this season.

Gallardo came out rusty on Tuesday night, after missing his last turn. Melvin said he'd have to talk with Gallardo before making a decision.

Burns has made eight starts in a couple of stints for Milwaukee this season.

As for Parra, he had an MRI Wednesday on his stiff neck and it did not reveal any fractures.