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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mark Rogers Debuts Monday, Demoted Tuesday

Mark Rogers gave up two runs vs the Giants yesterday in his first appearance of 2011 on a home run by Pablo Sandoval. He came away pleased with his outing, having experienced no discomfort in his twice surgically repaired shoulder. Ron Roenicke wasn't as excited, saying Rogers "just didn't look like he was comfortable. He worked really slow; a little too methodical." I'm sure Rogers was disappointed today when he was reassigned to AAA, having previously vowed to ready himself to fill in for injured ace Zack Greinke.

Roenicke said the move had nothing to do with Rogers' outing Monday, but that he simply wouldn't be ready to start by April 6. Most starters are currently stretched out to pitch at least five innings, while Rogers pitched only one yesterday. Roenicke also said that he may use different pitchers for the few April starts in which a fifth starter will be needed, so Rogers might start for the Brewers on either April 16 or 26. The Brewers' skipper listed Wily Peralta, Marco Estrada, and Eulogio De La Cruz as candidates for April 6.

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