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Options remain open for Brewers' Tuesday starter

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The Milwaukee Brewers are considering many options to fill the rotation spot vacated when right-hander Marco Estrada went on the 15-day disabled list with a quadriceps injury. That turn comes up again Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

Manager Ron Roenicke and general manager Doug Melvin and their staffs have considered moving reliever Manny Parra into the rotation. But they also are strongly considering promoting a starter from Class AAA Nashville, with right-handers Wily Peralta and Michael Fiers the leading candidates.

"This will literally be, probably, a day of (game) decision," assistant general manager Gord Ash said.

Peralta, 23, and Fiers, 26, have failed to separate themselves from the pack at Nashville. Peralta is 1-5 with a 5.63 ERA, and Fiers is 1-3 with a 4.42 ERA.

Another name being considered is right-hander Tyler Thornburg, who is 6-0 with a 2.28 ERA at Class AA Huntsville. However, the Brewers are leery of the jump from Class AA to the majors, plus there's the fact that Thornburg, 23, is not on the 40-man roster, which is full.

"I don't think (Thornburg) is at the higher end of the probabilities," Ash said. "You also have the roster to manage."

As for Peralta and Fiers, Ash said, "They've had flashes of brilliance. It's just been rare that it's innings seven through eight clean. There's always a hiccup in there."

While considering Parra for that spot, Roenicke noted that he is hesitant to move him out of his relief role.

"The reason that I would not do it is because I really like what he's doing in the bullpen now," Roenicke said.

The Brewers got a good start Friday from Yovani Gallardo, who gave up one run in 7 1/3 innings during a 7-1 win at Arizona.
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