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By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Content in 'pen for now, Livan aims to start again
CINCINNATI -- Veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez is content with his role as a Brewers reliever, which Monday night meant making his Milwaukee debut in a tight spot. He retired old foe Scott Rolen in the seventh inning with two runners on base in a one-run game before the Brewers' 3-1 loss.But Hernandez, 37, made clear he believes he still has life as a Major League starter. "I don't know if a lot of people appreciate [that] I've got 176 wins in the big leagues," Hernandez said. "For me, it's good. I don't know for somebody else, but for me I think it's very good -- 176 is a lot of wins. I want to make it to 200. We'll see what happens." Hernandez, who actually has 175 career wins, made 18 relief appearances for the Braves before they released him, and mostly pitched well. He had a 2.73 ERA in his first 16 games, then surrendered nine earned runs in a pair of appearances 12 days apart. His ERA ballooned to 4.94. Hernandez's fellow Braves relievers said, "Welcome to the bullpen." After a week without a job, Hernandez signed with the Brewers on Friday. He could make starts if necessary in the coming weeks and months, but for now he is continuing the adjustment to life in the bullpen. "It was tough early," he said. "But this is what I've got to go. I know I can still pitch [as a] starting pitcher. But it's not happening this year, so I have to continue to do my job in the bullpen. I think it's great -- it's something different. I never thought I would have a save in my career, and I got one this year."
Right-hander Shaun Marcum, on the disabled list with elbow tightness, had a much more encouraging throwing session on Tuesday, but he will not be ready to pitch by Saturday or Sunday, as manager Ron Roenicke had hoped. That means rookie right-hander Mike Fiers will make at least one more start. Corey Hart's absence from Tuesday's lineup was just a scheduled day off, unrelated, the Brewers said, to his momentarily scary tumble into the Reds' dugout on Monday. Hart was chasing a foul pop when he flipped over the low fence that protects the Reds from line drives. "I hit my head when I flipped, but I was able to catch myself," Hart said. "I was trying to show my athleticism." Hart said he'd been discussing with Roenicke a day off for the past week or so. Second baseman Rickie Weeks was also out as the Brewers stacked the lineup with left-handed batters against Reds righty Bronson Arroyo. Weeks struck out six times in his previous three games, running his National League-leading strikeout count to 88, but has also been slowly boosting his batting average this month.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.