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Rogers demoted, Peralta likely No. 5

Posted on: March 15, 2011 2:04 pm
By Matt Snyder

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.

Peralta split time between Class-A and Double-A last season, starting 25 total games. In Double-A, he went 2-3 with a 3.61 ERA and 1.58 WHIP, striking out 29 and walking 24 in eight starts. He has a 4.66 ERA in 9 2/3 innings this spring.

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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Since: Feb 20, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 7:40 pm

Rogers demoted, Peralta likely No. 5

Yes, because Joe Blanton is sooo great, with his 4.82 ERA. Greinke and Cole Hamels aren't very different either. I'll agree with you that Zack Greinke is a nut, but you think he sucks? Why do you and other people hate on this dude? Sure, the Brewers won't beat out the Phillies in the NL this year, but they will definately take the central. Anyone wanna bet on that one?

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 5:21 pm
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Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 3:29 pm

Rogers demoted, Peralta likely No. 5

Brewers will blow it anyway and be trading by the deadline.

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