Marco Estrada P MIL 2 Months

Estrada covered four scoreless innings in relief Wednesday vs. the Cubs.

Estrada was forced into action earlier following Kyle Lohse's early departure due to an ankle injury, and did well to keep the Brewers competitive in the loss. There's a real chance Lohse will be forced to miss his next start as a result of the injury, with Estrada likely representing the top replacement option available for the Brewers.

Marco Estrada P MIL 2 Months

Estrada gave up just one hit over three scoreless innings in Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Giants.

Starter Yovani Gallardo lasted just four frames, but Estrada helped keep his team in it with three strong innings out of the bullpen. Manager Ron Roenicke had mentioned Estrada as an option to take Matt Garza's turn in the rotation Saturday, but this likely puts Mike Fiers in line to make that start, though nothing's official quite yet.

Marco Estrada P MIL 2 Months

Estrada and Mike Fiers are both being considered to take Matt Garza's spot in the rotation, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Garza was forced on the DL on Tuesday with a left oblique strain, opening the door for either Estrada or Fiers to step into the rotation starting Saturday. Estrada's struggles with the long ball this season are well-documented -- he's given up 27 homers in 117.1 innings -- and Fiers has fared well in 17 starts for Triple-A Nashville (2.55 ERA, 0.94 WHIP), so it wouldn't be a surprise to see Fiers get the nod.

Marco Estrada P MIL 3 Months

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.

Marco Estrada P MIL 3 Months

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.

Marco Estrada P MIL 3 Months

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.

Marco Estrada P MIL 3 Months

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.

Marco Estrada P MIL 4 Months

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.

Marco Estrada P MIL 4 Months

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."

Marco Estrada P MIL 4 Months

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.