Despite off-day, Brewers to stay on rotation

Despite off-day, Brewers to stay on rotation

ATLANTA -- Despite the Brewers' first off-day of the season on Monday, manager Ron Roenicke will stick with his regular rotation. That means an extra day of rest for each starting pitcher.

Later in the season, that would be welcome. The first month, that is not necessarily the case.

"I don't really think the day helps," Roenicke said. "It's a little early for it."

Yovani Gallardo, who will start the series opener against the Dodgers in Milwaukee on Tuesday night, agrees.

"Late in the season, you like the day," the right-hander said. "Early in the year, you really don't need it."

Roenicke, though, doesn't want to skip anyone in the rotation. Zack Greinke and Randy Wolf, who both struggled in their last starts, will follow Gallardo against the Dodgers. Shaun Marcum, coming off a strong outing against the Braves on Saturday, will start the opener of the series against Colorado on Friday.

The nine-game homestand concludes with three games against the Astros before the Brewers get a second off-day on April 26.

Monday won't be a full day of rest for Gallardo. "I'll still have to come to the ballpark for work, but I'll keep it light," he said.

Gallardo struggled against the Cardinals on Opening Day at Miller Park, allowing four homers. But he bounced back with a 2-1 victory over the Cubs in Chicago on Wednesday, working seven innings.

Gallardo will look to keep on that roll against the Dodgers. He is 0-3 with a 7.66 ERA in four career starts against them.