Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 5/22/13
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse will miss Saturday's start against Pittsburgh with irritation in his right elbow. The injury popped up roughly two or three starts ago, as Lohse didn't recover the next day as well as he'd like. Right-hander Mike Fiers will start Saturday in his place. Signed to a three-year deal just one week before the start of the season, Lohse is 1-5 with a 3.79 ERA in nine starts. "He could go out and pitch but because he didn't have a spring training, we'd rather just try and get rid of this," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. Though anything related to the elbow is concerning, Lohse is still scheduled to make his scheduled start Thursday in Minnesota. "He didn't seem that concerned about it so I'm hoping it's not that big of a deal," Roenicke said. Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny came through Tuesday's simulated game with no setbacks and could come off the disabled list before Friday's game. An easy corresponding move would have been to send right-hander Hiram Burgos bacak to Triple-A with Fiers filling his spot in the rotation, but Lohse missing a start complicates things. "He threw the ball well," Roenicke said of Gorzelanny. "No issues at all with the arm. Command (was) OK but there were no issues at all with soreness. "We've got a move to make. Gorzelanny still, we'll figure which day he comes off. We'll know a little bit more at the end of the day." Fiers will be making just his second start of the season and his first since April 6, but has been working as a starter in the minor leagues. Roenicke is confident Fiers can give the Brewers enough depth in the spot start. After struggling for most of this season, Fiers took a big step forward to regaining the form he showed during most of last season in Tuesday's outing. Coming in with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth inning, Fiers struck out Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and got center fielder Matt Kemp to ground into a fielders' choice to end the inning and keep the Brewers down just 2-1. "Yesterday was huge," Roenicke said. "The other outings it's been one batter that's got him and then he throws the ball OK. It's hard to tell (how he's throwing the ball). We'll see how he does." Follow Andrew Gruman on Twitter.
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