In something of a surprise move, Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke announced Friday that Chris Narveson, not Mike Fiers, will open the season in the bullpen.

Narveson will become the team's long reliever for the time being, with Fiers settling into the fifth spot in the rotation. Yovani Gallardo, Marco Estrada and Wily Peralta are the three scheduled starters for the Brewers' season-opening series against the Colorado Rockies, with the newly signed Kyle Lohse likely to make his debut when Milwaukee opens a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday.

Narveson also will not start Saturday's exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox at Miller Park as had been planned. Roenicke said Burke Badenhop has been in the conversation as pitching an inning early with Narveson coming in after a couple of innings to pitch three or four innings.

Roenicke stressed that Narveson hadn't experienced any setbacks with his surgically repaired left shoulder, just that the Brewers didn't want to ride him too hard at the start of the season.

"We want to back off him a little bit," Roenicke said. "He's OK, but he's really been pushing through this thing in spring training, through the surgery. In the long run, it's probably going to help him out to limit his innings at the start."

Narveson's last two starts in Cactus League play couldn't have been more disparate.