Yovanni Gallardo injury: Brewers RHP exits start with hamstring injury, unlikely to be traded

Brian Kersey

Gallardo is now a safe bet to spend the rest of 2013 in a Brewers' uniform.

Milwaukee Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo exited his start early with a "tight left hamstring," reports Adam McCalvy of MLB.com

Gallardo limped off the field during the middle of an at-bat against Darwin Barney. The trainer had visited Gallardo in the fourth inning after he made a diving play in the field, but left him in the game.

The starter ended up throwing 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits. Gallardo struggled with his control, as he issued three walks and only struck out one. John Axford replaced Gallardo against Barney, and immediately surrendered a two-run single.

Teams had called Brewers general manager Doug Melvin about Gallardo earlier in the month, but Melvin stated that he had little interest in moving the right-hander.

The injury is ill-timed, as it essentially ends any Gallardo trade speculation, but the team had already decided not to move Gallardo and Kyle Lohse before the trade deadline, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com.

The Brewers may opt to place Gallardo on the disabled list, as he has under performed this season. Gallardo entered Tuesday with a 4.88 ERA, over one run higher than his career ERA.

He has seen his strikeouts drop by 22%, and his velocity is down 2 mph. Gallardo will make $11.25 million in 2014, so Milwaukee needs the starter to return to form if they want to move him during the offseason or in 2014.

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