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Chris Narveson expected to be recovered from shoulder surgery by spring training

Dec 31, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Chris Narveson, who underwent season-ending shoulder surgery two starts into 2012, “is expected to be back to 100 percent well before the start of spring training,” according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.

However, as it stands now he wouldn’t be assured of a spot in the Brewers’ rotation with Yovani Gallardo, Marco Estrada, Mike Fiers, Wily Peralta, Mark Rogers, and Tyler Thornburg also competing for jobs and the possibility of a late free agent addition joining the mix.

McCalvy writes that it “promises to be a spirited competition for four spots behind” Gallardo and Narveson admitted that competition “is what baseball is all about” because “it breeds better players and better teams.”

Before the injury Narveson had been a solid fourth or fifth starter for two seasons in Milwaukee and has a 4.68 ERA in 63 career starts, but the 31-year-old left-hander also has some experience as a reliever.

  1. padraighansen - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    When he’s on, he’s good. Good luck to him.

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Not quite the intimidating rotation they had pegged coming into Spring Training a year ago, huh?!

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