Gallardo to miss 4 weeks with knee injury

17 02 2008

It is official. Yovani Gallardo has torn cartilage in his left knee and will need to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery.

Gallardo is expected to miss four weeks while rehabbing his knee. This all but guarantees that he will start the season for the Milwaukee Brewers on the disabled list. It will be tough to deal with the loss of the 22-year old, but at least it is only a cartilage tear, and not a ligament. Losing Yo for the entire year would be very difficult to overcome.

This means that the candidates for the starting rotation have 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. Milwaukee had him slotted as the #2 starting pitcher in their rotation to start the season.

The Brewers have already been bitten hard by the injury bug, as catching-prospect Lou Palmisano will undergo an MRI on Monday. It is expected to confirm a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee. He will miss a significant amount of time as well.

Knock on wood, but let us hope that this is all the injuries Milwaukee will have to deal with this whole Spring Training. It has been a tough way to start what was supposed to be an exciting weekend.

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17 02 2008
TheJay

I guess the bright side (well, less dim at least) is it should limit his innings. Plus, if the team can get through April playing decently, having Cameron and Gallardo join in May will be a nice shot in the arm.

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