CINCINNATI -- Veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez is content with his role as a Brewers reliever, which Monday night meant making his Milwaukee debut in a tight spot. He retired old foe Scott Rolen in the seventh inning with two runners on base in a one-run game before the Brewers' 3-1 loss.
But Hernandez, 37, made clear he believes he still has life as a Major League starter.
"I don't know if a lot of people appreciate [that] I've got 176 wins in the big leagues," Hernandez said. "For me, it's good. I don't know for somebody else, but for me I think it's very good -- 176 is a lot of wins. I want to make it to 200. We'll see what happens."
Hernandez, who actually has 175 career wins, made 18 relief appearances for the Braves before they released him, and mostly pitched well. He had a 2.73 ERA in his first 16 games, then surrendered nine earned runs in a pair of appearances 12 days apart.
His ERA ballooned to 4.94. Hernandez's fellow Braves relievers said, "Welcome to the bullpen."
After a week without a job, Hernandez signed with the Brewers on Friday. He could make starts if necessary in the coming weeks and months, but for now he is continuing the adjustment to life in the bullpen.
"It was tough early," he said. "But this is what I've got to go. I know I can still pitch [as a] starting pitcher. But it's not happening this year, so I have to continue to do my job in the bullpen. I think it's great -- it's something different. I never thought I would have a save in my career, and I got one this year."