Milwaukee Brewers’ Chris Narveson was having a decent Spring Training, but appears to be a different man after manager Ron Roenicke declared him the No. 4 starter in the rotation.
Narveson pitched brilliantly against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday afternoon. The left-hander gave up only one hit in six scoreless innings while facing the defending World Series champions. The performance certainly gave him a much-needed boost of confidence to propel him in the right direction.
In only two starts last season, the 31-year old allowed seven earned runs in nine innings of work. He was required to undergo season-ending surgery shortly after due to a torn rotator cuff. There is clearly a strong desire to bounce back and return to his 2011 form.
Narveson was not a projected starter heading into Spring Training, but received the opportunity after Mark Rogers forced Roenicke’s hand with his dismal performance in camp. Narveson understands that he must make the most of what is in front of him because he was not even supposed to get the chance to be a starting pitcher this year.
There was clearly a huge difference in his performance against the Giants than the Brewers have seen in his previous three starts this spring. The fact that Roenicke now has Narveson’s back to be a member of the rotation certainly has something to do with it. Hopefully, Roenicke’s support will allow the pitcher to put forth the best season of his five-year career.
Milwaukee is going to need Narveson to step up because there are several unknowns in the rotation. The only truly proven player is ace Yovani Gallardo, and he is going to have plenty of weight on his shoulders. This is Narveson’s chance to prove his worth to the team and show everyone what he is made of.