Now we know why Chris Narveson did not get up in the Brewers' bullpen Sunday.

Manager Ron Roenicke revealed Monday morning that Narveson has an issue with the middle finger on his pitching hand and wasn't available during the Brewers' 8-7, 11-inning loss to Arizona. Narveson's situation was one reason why Roenicke tried to get an extra inning out of John Axford, who surrendered a game-deciding two-run homer to Eric Hinske in the 11th.

Roenicke said all he had available in the bullpen at that point were Michael Gonzalez and Brandon Kintzler, who would have been limited to an inning apiece. And Gonzalez would have pitched for the fourth time in five days if used.

"We were hurting yesterday," said Roenicke.

Sounds like we should hear later today if Narveson will be going on the DL.

"'Narvy' has a thing going on with his finger," said Roenicke. "So, we've had to stay away from him. He saw the doctor this morning and you guys will probably know about (the decision) during the game (against Chicago).

"It came up during his last outing and actually a little bit right before it."

Despite having eight pitchers in the bullpen, Roenicke said the relief corps already is stretched because of the Narveson situation and overwork of others.

"We're looking at doing some things to ease that part of it, and we should know tomorrow or the next day what we can do," said Roenicke. "Maybe something from the outside or switching a starter (to relief duty). We don't really need our fifth starter for awhile, so we're looking at seeing if it makes sense to do that."

Upcoming off days allow the Brewers to skip No. 5 starter Mike Fiers, who was roughed up in his first outing. He would provide a multi-inning reliever if necessary.