Narveson goes two frames in first rehab start

Narveson goes two frames in first rehab start

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brewers left-hander Chris Narveson made the first of four scheduled Minor League rehab starts Thursday in Nashville as he continues on the road back to Milwaukee.

Narveson threw two scoreless innings for the Sounds against the Iowa Cubs. He gave up one hit and struck out one, and he threw 22 pitches, 12 for strikes, on a night where his pitch count was expected to be capped at 30. His next outing will most likely come Tuesday at Round Rock.

Narveson, 31, has been sidelined since April 6 with a sprained middle finger on his pitching hand. He made two appearances out of the bullpen, allowing a hit and a walk in two scoreless innings, before he was put on the disabled list.

A longtime starter, Narveson is trying to bounce back from rotator cuff surgery that cost him most of the 2012 season. He started 28 games for the Brewers in 2010 and matched that total in 2011. His 23 wins were the third-most among Brewers starters those two years.

This year's edition of the Brewers could certainly use a veteran presence like Narveson to help restore order to their struggling rotation. In the last 10 games started by anybody other than Marco Estrada, Brewers starters have given up 40 earned runs in 44 2/3 innings for an ERA of 8.06.

Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.