On young staff, Gallardo looked to for leadership

On young staff, Gallardo looked to for leadership

PHOENIX -- Brewers pitchers and catchers had their first formal Spring Training workout on Wednesday.

So was manager Ron Roenicke ready to name Yovani Gallardo the Opening Day starter?

"No, but you can guess well," Roenicke said.

Gallardo is the Brewers' clear No. 1 starter this season after years of sharing the spotlight with other established arms, from Ben Sheets to CC Sabathia to Zack Greinke. At some point, barring an unforeseen injury, Roenicke will tab Gallardo to start the Brewers' April 1 season opener against the Rockies.

"We need him this year," Roenicke said. "We've lost our veteran pitchers, our starters, and we need 'Yo' to be that guy. Hopefully, he'll be a guy that these young guys look up to. Great work ethic, and that's going to be important."