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Chase Anderson named as Opening Day starter for the Milwaukee Brewers; Yovani Gallardo to work from bullpen

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And other notes from Craig Counsell’s press conference

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It won’t come as much of a surprise that Craig Counsell has announced Chase Anderson has been named as the opening day starter for the Brewers in San Diego on March 29th. Especially now that Jake Arrieta has been removed from contention - I’m thinking that might have been part of the offer to convince him to come to Milwaukee. We are all hoping that Chase’s season will proceed more like his stats from last year rather than what befell Wily Peralta and Junior Guerra, the last two Brewers’ opening day starters. Last year, Anderson posted a 2.74 ERA across 141.1 innings pitched.

The addition of Jhoulys Chacin to the San Diego starts is also no surprise; and if Zach Davies is healthy then he’ll get the third - as mentioned, Davies will work a camp game today in a controlled environment to see if he is close to coming back. So we aren’t getting any info on who will round out the rotation EXCEPT:

Wade Miley and Brent Suter have pitched well this spring and probably have the inside track to make the rotation. Even though there are enough off days early in the season to go with mostly a four man rotation, I expect the Crew to go with a straight five man group. But it apparently won’t include Yovani Gallard, as Yo will work out of the pen for the remainder of the spring. He needs to step it up to make the squad over some younger pitchers that have decisively out-pitched him this spring (like Taylor Williams).

But I could be wrong about that five man rotation thing: