The Milwaukee Brewers pitching rotation took a hit Tuesday when the team learned that left-handed pitcher Chris Narveson will miss the rest of the 2012 season to undergo season-ending left shoulder surgery. The operation will try to repair a torn rotator cuff and Narveson is expected to undergo six to nine months of rehab.
Taking his place is right-handed pitcher Marco Estrada. Estrada is projected to be the fifth man in the Brewers rotation. Estrada started Saturday striking out nine batters through five innings of work and only allowed one run. Wily Peralta is also being considered to be a candidate to replace Narveson this season in case Estrada fails to produce.
It is sad to see the rising Brewers rotation take a hit like this. He was 1-1 with a 7.00 in two starts this season with the club. In 2011, Narveson started 28 games for the Brewers. He went 11-8 on the year and recorded an ERA of 4.45 and struck out 126 batters in by far his best season as a full-time starting pitcher.
Currently, the Brewers are 9-9 and are sitting in the second spot of the National League Central division. This is a big surprise so far for the team this season since they are managing to say afloat even with the loss of Prince Fielder during the offseason. Hopefully, the Brewers can manage this loss and nothing else happens to their rotation this season.