Roenicke mulling how to set upcoming rotation

Roenicke mulling how to set upcoming rotation

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke had an extended meeting with his pitching gurus on Tuesday to discuss a variety of upcoming options for the starting rotation.

Left-hander Chris Narveson is out for the year with a shoulder injury, and right-hander Marco Estrada will start in his place. The question is how the Brewers will handle a pair of upcoming off-days -- one Thursday and another on May 3.

They could keep all five starters in line, giving them extra rest between starts. But that would mean three straight starts on extra rest for righty Zack Greinke, who much prefers pitching every fifth day. So the Brewers are considering keeping their big boys -- Yovani Gallardo and Greinke -- on schedule and bumping Estrada back a few days.

Roenicke and pitching coach Rick Kranitz explored the options Tuesday. They'll have some decisions by Wednesday.

"We talked to Zack about it. We need to talk to 'Yo' about it to find out where we are," Roenicke said. "Marco, he's throwing well. It's not like I want to skip him. ... If we didn't have any days off, I would feel great about the five guys."