MILWAUKEE -- Hiram Burgos was available in the Brewers' bullpen for the first time on Tuesday. The rookie right-hander was temporarily bumped from the starting rotation because a pair of off-days within a span of four days this week necessitated only four starting pitchers.
The bullpen bench was not foreign to the 25-year-old, who was 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA (one earned run in 13 innings) in three relief appearances for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.
"I've been there before," Burgos said. "I'm just going to be ready. I totally understand [the reasoning behind the move], and I'm good with it. Whenever I get the chance, I'm going to do my job, and that's it."
Burgos was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his first three Brewers starts and exited all three games in line for the victory. He could slot back into the rotation on May 12 at Cincinnati or May 14 at Pittsburgh, depending on whether the Brewers opt to keep Wily Peralta and Kyle Lohse on schedule or give them an extra day of rest.