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Doug Davis is 1-4 with a 7.56 ERA in seven starts this season.

Davis to the DL with heart inflammation

Brewers pitcher Doug Davis was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday night and was placed on the 15-day disabled list after he was diagnosed with pericarditis -- an inflammation of the lining of the sac surrounding the heart.

The left-hander said he awoke early Saturday morning and felt severe chest pains. After attepmts to alleviate the situation using over-the-counter medications failed, Davis turned to the internet.

"I looked up on Google what was going on and it said signs of a heart attack," Davis said. "I let it go an hour and a half, in case it was something else, but my wife said she was taking me in."

His wife took him to the hospital around 7:30 a.m. and he underwent a series of tests, including an EKG, which revealed the situation.

Dr. Jim Kleczka, a heart specialist also treating Brewers announcer Bob Uecker, said that Pericarditis is somewhat common -- caused by the same fungal material and bacteria that lead to a cold -- and very treatable.

A series of anti-inflamatories, like ibuprofen, are used over the course of 14 days. During that time, Davis will be effectively shut down and will miss the team's trip to Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Minnesota.

"We just take our time," Davis said. "It's nothing we should rush through. The worst thing that could happen is me going out to pitch, then going down on one knee and calling Roger out.

"I'll take it day by day and hopefully it progresses just as it did from yesterday to today. If it does, I should be back before I know it."

With Davis on the disabled list, outfielder Adam Stern was recalled from Class AAA Nashville.


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