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Brewers mulling next step for rookie Burgos

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MILWAUKEE -- What's next for rookie starter Hiram Burgos? That question remained unanswered on Sunday morning.

Burgos on Saturday night became the first Brewers pitcher since Yovani Gallardo in 2007 to win his Major League debut, holding the Cubs to five well-placed hits and only one run in five innings. He would have pitched more, but the Brewers went to a pinch-hitter with a chance to go ahead in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The team now has three choices: Keep Burgos in the starting rotation and simply give everyone an extra day of rest when the team encounters off-days, shift Burgos to the bullpen until they require a fifth starter again on April 30 against the Pirates, or option Burgos back to Triple-A Nashville and summon a true reliever until that fifth starter's spot comes up.

"We're going to wait and see what happens with Wily [Peralta, who started Sunday], see if we like the fit of Burgos and Peralta back-to-back, or we'll split those up a little bit," manager Ron Roenicke said. "We're trying to make it fit, but not over think it."

One thing was certain.

"Burgos did his part," Roenicke said.

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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