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Marco Estrada has been moved to the Brewers' bullpen.

Estrada got off to a nice start this season, but he's been unable to shake his home run issues, serving up 27 over 18 starts. Jimmy Nelson will replace Estrada in the Brew Crew's rotation starting this weekend against the Cardinals.

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Marco Estrada gave up three runs over five innings Monday in a loss to the Phillies.

Estrada was coming off back-to-back quality starts against the Nationals and Blue Jays, but even his good outings weren't that impressive. He's completed seven innings just once all year, he hasn't had any starts in which he's allowed no runs and he's given up eight more homers than anyone else in baseball. Improvement remains possible, but it's surprising the Brewers have been this patient with him with Jimmy Nelson waiting in the wings.

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Marco Estrada limited the Nationals to two runs in 6 1/3 innings Wednesday in a Brewers victory.

It was an important bounceback outing for Estrada, who entered the start with a 5.22 ERA. He walked four Nationals hitters but gave up only two hits and did not surrender a homer for the first time since April 15. Estrada will try to keep it going next week in Toronto.

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Marco Estrada gave up seven runs over five and a third innings against the Brewers on Friday.

It tells you something about opposing starter Christian Bergman that Estrada ended up with the victory. Estrada allowed ten hits. The Rockies did all of their damage against him in the first two innings. Justin Morneau had already knocked in five runs by the time the second inning had ended. Milwaukee's offense was up to the task, though. Despite the "victory," Estrada's starting job should very much be considered shaky, at best, given that his ERA has now climbed over 5.00.

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Marco Estrada allowed five runs -- including three home runs -- over five innings in a loss to the Reds on Sunday.

The right-hander gave up eight hits in total, striking out three. He's now served up 23 home runs in 14 starts, one of the reasons the Brewers recently considered taking him out of the rotation. He's got a 4.82 ERA after Sunday's outing, and with his job anything but safe, there's no guarantee he takes his next turn in the rotation.

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Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday that Marco Estrada will remain in the team's rotation.

Roenicke suggested after Estrada struggled again Tuesday that his spot might be up for grabs, but he's now given the righty a vote of confidence. "We still have confidence that he can turn this thing around and get out of it," said Roenicke. "When I say that, turn this thing around, he's not that bad. Yes, he's given up some home runs, but he's not pitching terrible."

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When asked after Tuesday's game how secure Marco Estrada's spot in the rotation is, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said, "I don't know. We'll have to talk about it."

Estrada was rocked for six runs in six innings of work in a loss to the Mets, pushing his ERA up to 4.56. He's allowed a whopping 20 homers this season and holds a 5.66 ERA since the beginning of May. Jimmy Nelson and Mike Fiers would be obvious candidate to potentially take Estrada's spot in the rotation.

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Marco Estrada fell to 5-3, allowing six runs in six innings of work in Tuesday's loss to the Mets.

All the damage was done on two home runs: a two-run shot by Daniel Murphy in the third inning, and a grand slam by Taylor Teagarden in the sixth inning. Estrada has now given up an MLB-leading 20 home runs on the season. Overall, he allowed four hits, walked four, and struck out five. He'll take a disappointing 4.56 ERA and a 71/27 K/BB ratio into his next start against the Reds at home.

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Marco Estrada yielded three runs over six innings Friday in a win over the Cubs.

Estrada gave up six hits (including a solo homer from Nate Schierholtz) and walked four batters, so he wasn't great, but it will go down as a quality start and a victory. The 30-year-old continues to post solid secondary numbers, with a 62/20 K/BB ratio over 67 innings, but he leads the majors with 17 home runs allowed. No other pitcher has allowed more than 12 so far.

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Marco Estrada gave up four home runs on Friday, but still managed to defeat the Marlins, allowing five runs on six hits in his 6 2/3 innings of work.

Estrada whiffed seven without walking a batter on the night. All four long balls were of the solo variety, a pair each for Giancarlo Stanton and Garrett Jones. He owns a solid 1.13 WHIP and 57/16 K/BB ratio through 61 innings on the season, but his ERA is an elevated 3.98 in large part due to the league-high 16 homers that he's allowed. He'll hope for better results when he takes on the Orioles at home on Wednesday.