Gallardo 'can't control' Opening Day decision

Gallardo 'can't control' Opening Day decision

Gallardo 'can't control' Opening Day decision
PHOENIX -- Yovani Gallardo says he isn't wasting time wondering who will pitch for the Brewers on Opening Day.

Gallardo earned the honor last season and went on to go 14-7 with a 3.84 ERA and a spot on the National League All-Star team. But this year, the Brewers also have 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke, who started Opening Day last season for the Royals, and another offseason pickup in Shaun Marcum, who started Opening Day for the Blue Jays.

It's the type of dilemma that any manager would welcome, but for Ron Roenicke, it's a dilemma nonetheless. Gallardo said he'll stay out of it.

"It's tough," he said. "But it's obviously something that myself and all of the other guys in here can't control. It's totally going to be up to the manager and the front office. We'll see what they decide."

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Does he want the March 31 season opener? Gallardo pauses before answering.

"I think anybody would, to be honest," he said. "You can ask any pitcher in the big leagues, and they want to start Opening Day. Having the opportunity to do that, it's a great feeling. But we'll see what's best for the team and go from there."

Roenicke so far has declined to say what he and pitching coach Rick Kranitz are planning for the March 31-April 3 series in Cincinnati. Reds manager Dusty Baker has already announced his picks -- Edinson Volquez, Bronson Arroyo and Johnny Cueto.

"Oh, my God, that's pressure," Roenicke said with a big smile. "We kind of have an idea of what we want to do, obviously, but we haven't told the guys yet, so I don't want to [say]. We're trying to map it all out."