ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Jerry Narron has served as Bob Milacki's catcher and his manager. Still, the Rochester Red Wings manager is waiting until he sees the right-hander pitch before he makes a judgment about what he needs to work on.
Milacki is scheduled to start tonight for the Red Wings against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons at Silver Stadium.
"I don't know about turning him around," said Narron, who caught Milacki for the 1988 Governors' Cup champion Red Wings. "I don't know how he's been throwing."
Narron knows how Milacki can throw and that his 5-7 record and 6.43 ERA with the Orioles is not indicative of his ability.
The right-hander went 12-8 with a 2.70 ERA for the Red Wings in '88. Last year, he was 3-0 with a 1.06 ERA in three starts for Narron's Hagerstown Suns at the beginning of the season.
"After he left us he went back to the big leagues and had a pretty good year there," Narron said of Milacki's 10-9 record and 4.01 ERA for the Orioles.
Milacki will take Richie Lewis' place in the rotation. Lewis was 7-6, tied for the team lead in victories, for a team with a 33-55 record. Narron said that Milacki should be able to help the Red Wings.
"If he's pitching anywhere near what he's capable of, he can definitely help us," Narron said. "But then you can look at it and if he's pitching like he's capable of, he wouldn't be here in the first place."
Narron said he's confident that Milacki could overcome his troubles because of his approach to his job.
"With his work habits and the type of individual he is, he can definitely help us," Narron said. "He's a hard worker. He goes about his business in a businesslike manner. That's what you like to see."