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Bullpen perhaps in flux, but Brewers turn to Nelson to start

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- With a month until spring training, the Milwaukee Brewers are minus a workhorse starting pitcher and their All-Star closer.

The team seems committed to staying in-house and turning to young right-hander Jimmy Nelson to fill the spot in rotation that opened following the trade of Yovani Gallardo to the Texas Rangers.

The bullpen, though, could still be a work in progress.

Francisco Rodriguez, who had 44 saves in 49 opportunities in 2014, remains a free agent. General manager Doug Melvin has spoken to the Phillies about closer Jonathan Papelbon.

The team is keeping tabs on Papelbon, Rodriguez and other relief options, though no moves appear imminent. For now, Jonathan Broxton would be the favorite on the Brewers' current roster to be the closer.

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