Parra, Narveson headed to Crew 'pen

Parra, Narveson headed to Crew 'pen

PHOENIX -- Brewers manager Ken Macha said Thursday that he had virtually set the club's 25-man roster and that Chris Narveson and Manny Parra have been told they would start the season in the bullpen.

The two left-handers had been vying all spring for the last two spots in the starting rotation. The No. 4 slot went to David Bush and the No. 5 starter is still to be determined. The latter won't be needed until April 14 or 15 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Macha said the roster is set barring any other acquisitions made by general manager Doug Melvin before the season begins Monday against the Rockies at Miller Park with a 1:10 p.m. CT game.

"Speaking to Doug this morning, he always has an eye out to improving the club in various areas," Macha said. "He has a tendency to stay with guys who have been here throughout camp because you know what you've got. That is, unless it's an upgrade. With that being said, he's still checking out some things."

The Brewers were set to break camp after Thursday's game against the D-backs at Maryvale Baseball Park and play exhibition games against the Tigers on Friday night and Saturday in Milwaukee. Jeff Suppan, another candidate for that fifth slot, is starting the season on the 15-day disabled list because of a stiff neck.

The Brewers will have 12 pitchers on their Opening Day roster and will have to make a roster move when Suppan is activated. The Brewers owe the veteran right-hander $12.5 million this season.