CHICAGO -- After one shaky start, Brewers right-hander Mike Fiers reported for his first day of bullpen duty Tuesday.
The Brewers will proceed with only four starting pitchers for most of April. A series of off-days means they will not need a fifth starter again until April 20 against the Cubs. They can then go with four starters again until April 30 against the Pirates.
"With [Fiers] back there, it gives us length and it gives us a guy we feel can give us one good inning," manager Ron Roenicke said. "I've told him just be ready for anything. I told him, I think [his role] kind of depends on how he throws the first couple of times. If he comes out and is throwing strikes, yeah, I think he could [pitch] a little later."
Fiers surrendered six earned runs on nine hits in five innings of a loss to the D-backs on Saturday.