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The Brewers move Chris Narveson to the bullpen

Mar 30, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT

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After signing Kyle Lohse to a three-year, $33 million deal earlier this week, the Brewers suddenly have more starting pitchers than rotation spots. While early indications were that Mike Fiers would be the odd man out, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Chris Narveson will begin the season in the bullpen.

Narveson is coming off surgery last May to repair tears in his labrum and rotator cuff, so the Brewers see this as an opportunity limit his workload in the early going. The 31-year-old southpaw has a 5.50 ERA and 10/6 K/BB ratio over 18 innings this spring and was knocked around for six runs over 3 2/3 innings in his most recent start.

“He’s OK, but he’s been really pushing through this thing in Spring Training, through the surgery,” Roenicke said. “In the long run, it’s probably going to help him to limit his innings at the start.”

The Brewers will begin the season with a rotation consisting of Yovani Gallardo, Marco Estrada, Wily Peralta, Loshe, and Fiers.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    If Gallardo is himself this year, Estrada continues to get better and Lohse even pitches half as well as he did last year this rotation actually isnt to awful. Playoff contention isnt so far fetched as it was a week or 2 ago.

  2. kollin7 - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Given the fact that every pitcher in this rotation had sub 3.80 ERAs last year, it’d be kind of dumb to call this rotation below average. Especially since the Brewers have solid insurance if one is injured in Narveson, Thornburg, Rogers (If healthy), Burgos, etc.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Mar 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      Before they signed Lohse though 3 of those guys compiled those numbers in short order. Add in the fact that none of them has very good numbers this spring and people have reason to be skeptical. Now’s the time for those guys to prove last year wasn’t a fluke for themselves.

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