CINCINNATI -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke would much prefer a regular shortstop to his current three-man rotation. On Saturday, it was rookie Jeff Bianchi's turn to try stepping up.
Bianchi has shared shortstop duties since the All-Star break with veterans Cesar Izturis and Cody Ransom. The Brewers have been mixing and matching at that spot since Opening Day starter Alex Gonzalez was lost to a season-ending knee injury.
"I think it's very hard to use three guys," Roenicke said. "Every night, I'm trying to figure out the matchups and who should be out there. That's difficult to do."
He faced a similar conundrum early in the season in center field, where Norichika Aoki, Carlos Gomez and Nyjer Morgan split time. Aoki was so good that he eventually became the regular right fielder, with Corey Hart moving semi-permanently to first base. Shortstop has proven more challenging.
Bianchi's start on Saturday was the third of his brief Major League career.
"This is what I've worked all my life to do," Bianchi said. "I'm just going about my daily routine the same, just like I've done my whole career. ... This is a different role, and I'm trying to pick guys' brains -- Izturis, [Travis] Ishikawa. They've all been up here for a while, and they've played every day and been off the bench. Right now, I'm up here to learn what it takes to stay here."