The Milwaukee Brewers will need a second reliever to make a start in the series against the Philadelphia Phillies this weekend. Right-handed reliever Alfredo Figaro, who has already made one start this season, will take the mound Friday night. Meanwhile, left-handed reliever Tom Gorzelanny will make his first start as a Brewer on Saturday.
Gorzelanny has plenty of experience starting baseball games, something he has done with all three teams he played with prior to signing with Milwaukee. In fact, he has started 111 games in his eight-year career.
Earlier in his career, the 30-year-old was a full-time starter with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Unfortunately, each season got progressively worse until the point where the Pirates placed him in the bullpen.
The Brewers are not exactly fond of the idea of Gorzelanny making a spot start, but it is better than bringing up a pitcher from the Minor Leagues. Gorzelanny will be taking Marco Estrada’s spot in the rotation. The right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list with strained left hamstring. Even though Estrada will be out for a while, Milwaukee is hoping to get Chris Narveson back soon from the disabled list.
Gorzelanny has done a fantastic job in the bullpen for the Brewers this season. Milwaukee knew they had to improve their bullpen in the offseason, which they have accomplished by signing top-notch relievers such as Gorzelanny. Unfortunately, the starting rotation is what has been weighing the team down in 2013.
The Illinois native is 1-0 with a 2.01 earned run average, 18 strikeouts and six holds in 22 1/3 innings this year.