MILWAUKEE -- A fresh arm will soon be on the way to the Brewers' beleaguered pitching rotation. When left-hander Chris Narveson begins a Minor League rehabilitation assignment next week, he will stretch out as a starter.
Narveson, out since early April due to a sprained ligament in his left middle finger, faced hitters for the first time Friday and said the plan calls for one more extended mound session at Miller Park on Monday, followed by a trip to a Minor League affiliate, perhaps Triple-A Nashville for a Thursday night start against Iowa.
He began the season in the Brewers' bullpen, a proactive move meant to protect his surgically-repaired shoulder, but prefers to start.
"Definitely," Narveson said. "That's what [I] want to do, but you also want to help the team win any way you can."
Narveson worked a pair of 15-pitch simulated innings against Martin Maldonado and Logan Schafer on Friday afternoon. Narveson threw his full assortment of pitches and deemed the outing a success.
"There's always room for improvement, but I'm ready to go for a rehab start," Narveson said.
Narveson expects to work only two innings in his first start, so he is still weeks away from a return to the Brewers' rotation. He has not pitched extensively since 2011, when Narveson went 11-8 with a 4.45 ERA in 28 starts and two relief appearances.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less