GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Brewers have yet to schedule right-hander Mark Rogers' return to Cactus League action, and his odds of making the Opening Day starting rotation are shrinking quickly.
"Well, I think where he is in pitch count, it's going to be tough for him to be extended out to 90 pitches or whatever," manager Ron Roenicke said. "I don't ever want to say it's not going to happen, but it's tougher for him right now."
The Brewers removed Rogers from their spring rotation after a poor outing against the Rangers on March 12 and, seeking the return of his velocity and command, had him throw live batting practice on Saturday instead. That session went well, and Roencike indicated that pitching coach Rick Kranitz wanted Rogers to repeat it before slotting back into a game.
Rogers, 27, is out of Minor League options. If he does not win a spot in the rotation, he could still make the cut as a reliever.
With Rogers out of the mix, the Brewers' rotation is currently lined up as Yovani Gallardo, Marco Estrada, Wily Peralta, Chris Narveson and Mike Fiers.
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