Estrada eager to rejoin starting ranks

Estrada eager to rejoin starting ranks

Estrada eager to rejoin starting ranks
CINCINNATI -- Marco Estrada spent one last day Monday at Camp Hoffman, the afternoon workout for Brewers relievers.

Beginning Tuesday, he'll be a starting pitcher again.

"I'm very happy," Estrada said, no offense intended to his buddies in the relief corps. "I really appreciate the opportunity, because this is what I want to do -- I want to be a starter. I love starting."

The Brewers activated Estrada from the 15-day disabled list after Monday's series opener against the Reds, and he will pitch Tuesday opposite Cincinnati right-hander Bronson Arroyo. It will be Estrada's first outing since May 23, when he strained his right quadriceps legging out a first-inning double.

To make room for Estrada, the Brewers optioned reliever Mike McClendon back to Triple-A Nashville.

Estrada spent his downtime working on some modifications to his windup, which he hopes will improve his command once back on the mound.

"I'm just trying to prepare myself mentally for this," Estrada said. "My first [rehab] outing in [Triple-A] Nashville, I felt a little weird. Not physically, just being out there facing a hitter again. I felt a little out of whack.

"But I'm ready for tomorrow. I'm looking forward to bringing [the adjustment] out and putting it all together."

He threw 75 pitches in his final outing at Nashville and felt "pretty good," so Estrada figures he should be good for 90-100 pitches on Tuesday.

"Physically, I'm there, he said. "It should be a normal outing."