The Milwaukee Brewers on Monday picked right-hander Chase Anderson to make their Opening Day start March 29 at San Diego.
The 30-year-old Anderson had the best season of his four-year career in 2017, going 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 25 starts. He will be making his first career Opening Day start.
Anderson will be the fifth pitcher to open for the Brewers in the past five seasons. Junior Guerra got the honor last year, and he was preceded by Wily Peralta, Kyle Lohse and Yovani Gallardo.
Milwaukee’s home opener at Miller Park is set for April 2 against the Cardinals.
In a Cactus League game in Glendale, Arizona, on Monday, Ji-Man Choi hit a grand slam and the Brewers (11-6) beat the host Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6.
Guerra allowed three runs, two earned, in 4 2/3 innings. He gave up four hits and two walks while striking out four.
Gallardo to bullpen
Brewers manager Craig Counsell announced Gallardo would move to the bullpen, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
With two weeks remaining in camp, it would appear left-handers Wade Miley and Brent Suter are the leading candidates to join Anderson, Zach Davies and Jhoulys Chacín in the starting rotation.
Guerra and Brandon Woodruff also are in the mix.
Of Gallardo’s 298 career appearances, 289 have come as a starter.
Vogt shut down
According to the Journal Sentinel, Stephen Vogt’s bid to make the Brewers’ Opening Day roster took a serious hit Monday when Counsell said the veteran catcher has once again been sidelined due to pain in his right shoulder.
“He had a little setback throwing,” Counsell said.
“It just didn’t go well, so we shut him down immediately. I don’t have a prognosis for you, but we’re going to have to regroup on him.”
Vogt injured the shoulder in a drill early in camp. He fought through the pain initially, catching the Cactus League opener on Feb. 23 before eventually being shut down from throwing.
Vogt served as designated hitter in three games before finally receiving the green light to resume throwing Monday.
Milwaukee has Manny Piña as the primary catcher, but only Jett Bandy and Christian Bethancourt behind him in camp.
Lucroy signs with A's
The Athletics landed a new starting catcher, finalizing a $6.5 million, one-year contract with free agent Jonathan Lucroy.
He batted .265 with six home runs and 40 RBIs in 123 games last season for Texas and Colorado.
The 31-year-old two-time All-Star played his first six seasons in Milwaukee.