Gallardo felt for Fiers during tough start

Gallardo felt for Fiers during tough start

DENVER -- Yovani Gallardo said he felt fellow right-hander Mike Fiers' pain on Monday night, when Fiers suffered through a rude introduction to pitching at Coors Field.

Gallardo had a similarly disastrous Mile High debut in 2007, when he was tagged for 11 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings of a Brewers loss to the Rockies during his rookie season. Fiers surrendered eight runs in two-plus innings on Monday.

"It brought that start back," Gallardo said. "I think the following start I didn't do well, also. You just have to forget about it. For me, it was my first time actually struggling."

So Gallardo sidled up to Fiers on the dugout bench on Tuesday and told Fiers not to sweat it.

Another Brewers rookie will make his Coors Field debut on Wednesday. Mark Rogers rejoined the team Tuesday after traveling home to Arizona for the birth of a daughter, Ellyette Bay, and will pitch right on schedule.