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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.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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