Brewers hint at Opening Day plan with spring rotation

Lohse starting Thursday's Cactus League tilt, in line for April 6 assignment

Brewers hint at Opening Day plan with spring rotation

PHOENIX -- The Brewers offered a clue about their Opening Day plans by revealing their Cactus League pitching rotation on Tuesday.

After Mike Fiers starts an exhibition against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Wednesday, Kyle Lohse will start in Tempe, Ariz., against the Angels on Thursday (2:10 p.m. CT on MLB.TV), and Matt Garza will pitch against the Dodgers on Friday (2:05 p.m. CT on MLB.TV). They will be followed by Wily Peralta, Fiers again, and then Jimmy Nelson.

That order makes it appear that Lohse is being lined up to start the team's April 6 regular-season opener against the Rockies at Miller Park, though manager Ron Roenicke asked for patience while he informs the pitchers themselves of his plan.

If Lohse has already been told he's the pick for Opening Day, he would not let on.

"How about we answer that question when something is official?" Lohse said.

Lohse has drawn two previous Opening Day assignments, though one has an asterisk. In 2008, Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals were rained out after three innings against the Rockies on Opening Day, so that game was wiped off the books and Lohse started the next day. He worked five scoreless innings, but the Cards lost the game.

In 2012, Lohse drew an Opening Day assignment for the opener of new Busch Stadium. He took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of a Cardinals win over the Marlins.

Lohse is entering the final season of his three-year, $33 million contract with the Brewers. He's 24-19 with a 3.45 ERA in his first two seasons in Milwaukee.

Whomever gets the nod for the Brewers this season, he will snap Yovani Gallardo's streak of five consecutive Opening Day assignments. Gallardo was traded to the Rangers on Jan. 19.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.