The Milwaukee Brewers' pitchers and catchers report to spring training Tuesday in Phoenix and hold their first official workout the next day at Maryvale Baseball Park.
With his third camp as Brewers manager about to begin, Ron Roenicke participated in a question-and-answer session with Journal Sentinel baseball writer Tom Haudricourt.
Q.You have stated that Yovani Gallardo is your No. 1 starting pitcher and Marco Estrada is expected to fill another rotation spot. Of the candidates to fill the other three spots, does anyone have a foot in the door beyond the others?
A. Because of different circumstances, I can't really say whether they do or they don't. Some of that involves (Chris) Narveson and his health, and whether he's going to be ready (after rotator-cuff surgery). (Mike) Fiers showed over a longer stretch that he can do well although he didn't finish strong (in 2012). We know (Wily) Peralta and (Mark) Rogers threw some great games (late last season). I don't want to say somebody has the first shot and so-and-so has the second shot because I don't think it's going to happen that way.
Q.Your offense led the league in scoring last year and returns basically intact. Doesn't that make it a risk to go with so many unproven starters at a time when otherwise you could field a contending team?
A. Some of that has to do with what happened in the off-season and whether you can pick up some pieces you like (via trade or free agency). We didn't just say, "These younger guys pitched well for a period last year and they'll definitely do the job next year." (General manager) Doug (Melvin) looked at different pitchers and how they might fit in as far as length of contract and salary, and was it that much better than what we have? When things didn't fit - we talked to Ryan Dempster but it didn't work out - sometimes it doesn't work out the way you'd like it to work out. We looked at getting one more veteran pitcher but it didn't fit with our budget and what we're trying to do.
Q&A with Brewers manager Ron Roenicke
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Feb 10