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Corbin Burnes will start year in MLB, continues to battle with Freddy Peralta for fifth starter spot

Eric Lauer to begin the season on the injured list

MLB: Spring Training-Milwaukee Brewers at Oakland Athletics Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like Eric Lauer will not be available for the start of the season as he will serve time on the injured list. That is the bad news. The good news is that Freddy Peralta and Corbin Burnes are healthy and look to be on track to make the Opening Day team. Right now one will take a rotation spot and the other will pitch out of the pen.

Manager Craig Counsell suggests both will start at some point this season. Nonetheless confidence abounds with the two young pitchers.

Lauer was off to a fantastic beginning in Spring Training this season. In two appearances this Spring, Lauer had pitched in 4.1 innings giving up one earned run while posting a 7:1 K:BB rate. Freddy Peralta was fantastic in winter ball and signed a long term contract with Milwaukee. Going into tonight’s game, Peralta was sporting a 3.52 ERA. Burnes is pitching as well as anyone this Spring.