With a week to go before the Brewers’ April 5 season opener against the Rockies, Brewers manager Ken Macha is finally ready to name the first four pitchers his starting rotation. He intends to do so after Monday’s Brewers-Giants game at Maryvale Baseball Park.
Barring a big surprise, here’s how it will look:
Monday, April 5 vs. Rockies: Yovani Gallardo
Tuesday, April 6 vs. Rockies: Randy Wolf
Wednesday, April 7 vs. Rockies: Doug Davis
Thursday, April 8: OFF
Friday, April 9 vs. Cardinals: Dave Bush
The fifth starter won’t be named today, Macha said, and might not be named until well into the month of April. Macha and pitching coach Rick Peterson are considering using a fifth starter for the Saturday, April 10 game against the Cardinals to avoid that pitcher enduring a long layoff, but they could also come back with Gallardo that day.
As for which pitcher will eventually claim the fifth slot, nobody knows. The three competitors are all scheduled to pitch on Tuesday. Chris Narveson will start against the Angels and Manny Parra will work in relief. Macha was very vague about the plan for Jeff Suppan, saying he might work a “camp” game at the Minor League complex. But Macha said he wouldn’t be sure of the plan until Tuesday morning.
In other morning news, left fielder Ryan Braun is out of the lineup again with tightness in his back. Brewers athletic trainers are trying to eliminate the problem before the start of the season. Catcher Gregg Zaun has a very minor quadriceps issue so George Kottaras is handling catching duties today against the Giants. Slumping right fielder Corey Hart is also out of the lineup and will spend the day in the batting cage.