The Milwaukee Brewers have endured plenty of misery in 2013. The team is on the verge of posting their worst record in recent memory during a season that has been filled with too much drama, injuries and inconsistency. The cherry on top was Ryan Braun’s 65-game suspension that thoroughly embarrassed the franchise. As if matters could not get any worse, ace Yovani Gallardo has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
Gallardo was force to leave in the fifth inning of Game 1 of Milwaukee’s doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night. The fact is Gallardo has been dealing with pain in his hamstring since before the MLB All-Star break so it was just a matter of time until something like this happened. The good news is the injury is not as serious as it could have been.
“We were fortunate there,” manager Ron Roenicke said, according to Brewers.com. “It was a question whether to put him on the DL. The thing is, he was going to miss one start for sure, maybe two, and now you come into where your bullpen is going to be hurt.”
The one down side to Gallardo’s injury, if fans even care to look at it that way, is that the Brewers were unable to trade him at the deadline. It was never a sure thing that he was going to be dealt, but it was certainly something that has been discussed for several weeks. Keeping Gallardo in Milwaukee could be in the best interested of the ball club anyways considering they can use some veteran leadership on the pitching staff.
Tyler Thornburg will replace Gallardo in the starting rotation.