Narveson to begin season in bullpen

Brewers left-hander Chris Narveson will begin the season in a long relief role, a precautionary move, manager Ron Roenicke said, to aid Narveson’s comeback from last year’s shoulder surgery.

That means the five-man starting rotation is set: Yovani Gallardo, Marco Estrada and Wily Peralta are tentatively scheduled to start against the Rockies from Monday-Wednesday, leaving Kyle Lohse and Mike Fiers to pitch the first two games of the following series against the D-backs, though not necessarily in that order.

Narveson will not start Saturday’s exhibition finale as originally scheduled, Roenicke said.

“We want to back off him a little bit,” Roenicke said. “He’s fine. He’ll probably ‘piggyback’ Lohse when he makes that first start.”

Narveson had surgery last May 1 to repair a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder. He has not had any setbacks, Roenicke stressed.

“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.”

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