Pitching staff loses Gallardo, Turnbow

2 05 2008

I’m gone all morning, I get home, and I miss some major news this morning.  I have some awful news, and some good or bad news…depending on your point of view.

Yesterday, Yovani Gallardo looked to have injured his knee severely.  He and Ned Yost insisted he was fine, and he even went back out the next inning to pitch.  Disaster seemed to have been averted, and BrewersNation breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Hold your breath again, Brewers fans.  Yovani had a test on his knee today, and it did not bring good news.  He has torn his ACL, and he will be out the rest of the season.  The team is saying that he may be able to come back late in 2008.  There’s no way that can happen, however.

Yo had been pitching very well so far in 2008.  He was 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA, and he looked to have found his comfort zone in the rotation.  This injury is terrible news for the Milwaukee Brewers.  Dave Bush has been called up to fill Yovani’s spot in the rotation, but the talent disparity between the two pitchers is huge.  The pitching staff just got worse today.

In addition to losing Yovani Gallardo, the Milwaukee Brewers designated Derrick Turnbow for assignment and call up Joe Dillon to the big league roster.

Derrick has an electric arm, but he cannot find the strike zone lately to save his life.  At least, to save his big league job.  He looked to have found something last week when he recorded a save in the place of Eric Gagne.  Since then, however, he has looked lost on the mound in his last two outings, and Doug Melvin was almost forced to make this move.

The Brewers have 10 days to trade him, release him, or send him to the minors.  Derrick has the right to reject the move to Triple-A Nashville, but he would have to forfeit his $3.2M salary.  There is probably no way any team would trade for Turnbow at this point because of his huge salary, and he will most likely not accept the move to Nashville.  Therefore, Derrick Turnbow may be a free agent in 10 days.  Joe Dillon will be in uniform tonight in Houston.

That’s a lot of news to digest in about a five minute timespan.  Goodness gracious…

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