Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo spent two and a half weeks on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring strain. The right-hander was not pitching the greatest prior to being placed on the disabled list but has been playing at a high level ever since his return.
“Coming off the DL, it kind of refreshes the mental side a little bit more than anything,” Gallardo said, according to Brewers.com. “You just go out there and just locate. … Especially when you’ve had a tough start [to the season], you try to get the positives. Ever since I came off the DL, my main thing is to give the team a chance to win and be consistent each time out. If you’re able to do that, things are going to work out well.”
Gallardo is coming off his 11th win of the season after a top-notch performance Sunday afternoon. The 27-year-old gave up just one earned run on three hits in seven innings against the Chicago Cubs. There is no question the rest he got while on the disabled list has allowed him to regain his focus and command of his pitches.
“[Gallardo's] command is really good,” manager Ron Roenicke told Brewers.com. “He’s got life in all his pitches. … Sometimes it takes just one good outing to get it right back again, and Yo’s just been so good for so long that we knew he was going to get it together sometime. Maybe [the DL stint] gave him a little breather. … But that was an outstanding game.”
Gallardo is 3-0 with a 1.36 earned run average and 25 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings in five starts since his return to the active roster. Hopefully, he can continue to pitch lights out so that he can carry the momentum into his offseason workouts.