Gallardo may have injured knee

17 02 2008

This is not how I wanted to greet all of you this morning. RHP Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee’s young stud, may have suffered a knee injury stemming from a throwing session a couple days ago. Gallardo is projected as Milwaukee’s number two starter, and said he felt some discomfort in one of his knees (it is unknown which knee). Melvin said that it swelled up pretty good afterwards.

The damage is not known, but the immediate suspicion is torn knee cartilage. If this were the case, Gallardo would have to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery. The surgery would sideline Gallardo for a good two to three weeks. This would only leave him with a couple weeks to get ready for the regular season. He would most likely then start the season on the DL.

It would seem that the starting pitching candidates has already dwindled to seven, rather than eight. Doug Melvin looks incredibly intelligent at this point, as he refused to shop his excess pitchers until after Spring Training. He always said that a surplus of pitching is not a problem. It is a blessing that allows a team to rebound from a potentially serious injury. Melvin looks like a genius now.

Gallardo, 22, was 9-5 with a 3.57 ERA in 20 games, 17 of which were starts for Milwaukee last season. I will get you more information as it becomes available. The good news is that the Brewers do not expect Gallardo to be sidelined for long, even if he needs to undergo surgery.

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