The Milwaukee Brewers have begun shrinking their expanded starting rotation lining up Marco Estrada to start the opener of their two-game interleague series in Texas on Tuesday and moving Donovan Hand back to the bullpen.

Estrada pitched perhaps his best game of the season in his return from a two-month stint on the disabled list last week in San Francisco throwing five shutout innings while allowing one hit no runs and striking out six.

Hand meanwhile surrendered four runs in his first two innings matched against Tim Lincecum the next day. He surrendered seven hits walked four and finished having thrown a season-high 107 pitches.

The right-hander moves back into a long-relief role with an 0-4 record 3.93 earned-run average and WHIP of 1.33 after having made seven starts in 19 overall appearances.

"I like what he does" manager Ron Roenicke said. "He filled in really nice for us. I thought he threw a lot of good ballgames. He understands how to pitch.

"I think going forward with him — and I don't know what we're doing in the off-season so it's hard to say exactly where his role fits in — I really like him in the bullpen for long man for filling in as a guy that just can throw strikes and knowing that he can spot start if something comes up."

A 14th-round pick of the Brewers in 2007 the 27-year-old Hand jumped onto the radar screen after a terrific spring training before ultimately losing out to Alfredo Figaro for the final spot in the team's bullpen on opening day.

He was recalled from Class AAA Nashville on May 26 when closer Jim Henderson went on the disabled list with a hamstring strain and has moved from long man to starter back to long man with his versatility really helping his case for a more regular gig with the Brewers in 2014.

Whether it will be as a starter or reliever remains to be seen.

"I don't want to say exactly because maybe it works out where (general manager) Doug (Melvin) goes out and gets three stud right-handed pitchers and then all of a sudden how do you get Donny in there?" said Roenicke.