Shortly following the injury to ace Zack Greinke, the Brewers seemed to indicate Mark Rogers was the front-runner to take the temporary gig as their No. 5 starting pitcher.
Tuesday, however, that plan was blown out of the water, as Rogers has been demoted to the minors (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ). While manager Ron Roenicke was reportedly unimpressed with Rogers' outing Monday, the performance itself wasn't what made the decision. Instead, it was the fact that Rogers could only work one inning. Other pitchers in camp fighting for the temporary slot are throwing five innings and will easily be ready for opening week (Journal-Sentinel ).
At this point, the front-runner for the April 6 start -- the first time the Brewers need a fifth starter -- is 21-year-old right-hander Wily Peralta. He will have to fight off Marco Estrada and Eulogio De La Cruz.
Estrada has a 2.25 ERA in four spring innings while De La Cruz has a 9.00 ERA in five innings.
None of the three candidates are overwhelmingly impressive in terms of stuff or resume, but this is only a temporary spot.
Much of this discussion could be rendered relatively moot anyway, as the Brewers won't again need a fifth starter until April 15 and after that second spot start, Rogers -- or even Greinke -- could be ready to step in.
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