Part of the task facing Yost and pitching coach Mike Maddux is to select a starter for the fourth game of the year, the April 4 home opener against the Giants at Miller Park.Yost called that game, "monster, mega Opening Day in Milwaukee." He would tend to assign a more veteran pitcher to that game, but left the door open for Parra or Villanueva. "It depends on his makeup," Yost said. The Brewers' pitching picture came into focus earlier this week, when left-hander Chris Capuano went down with an elbow injury. Capuano underwent an MRI scan on Thursday but the Brewers will not reveal any results until head team physician William Raasch examines Capuano in person. The huge snowstorm in Milwaukee delayed Raasch's departure on Friday, and he was still stuck there on Saturday morning. Another candidate at the start of camp, right-hander Yovani Gallardo, continues to work back from knee surgery. Gallardo pitched in a Minor League game on Saturday, but then was placed on the 15-day DL. He needs 4 or 5 more outings to build his pitch count to the point of making a regular-season start, meaning he will be out at least until the third full week in April. Even with the slimmer field, Yost has not finalized decisions. "I have no idea what we're going to do yet," the manager said. "I really don't. Do I have a way that I'm leaning? I don't even know if I have a way that I'm leaning right now." Yost hates to put too much stock in Spring Training games, but it's unavoidable that performances over the next week will play a role in the decision-making process. "You're looking, at this point, for any excuse to make or not make a cut," Yost said. "We need to pick up, results-wise, from what we did last year as a staff. You can't go out and have a 5.00 ERA as a staff, or [have] individuals with a low-five ERA. That's not productive enough." While the battle for the back end of the rotation plays out, Sheets will pitch Wednesday in his final tuneup for the regular season. "I'm right where I want to be," said Sheets. "I ain't where I want to be for Opening Day, but I'm where I want to be right now."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less