It’s finally official: Yovani Gallardo is the Brewers’ choice to start on Opening Day.
The 24-year-old right-hander has been lined up all spring to pitch against the Rockies at Miller Park on April 5, but Brewers manager Ken Macha waited until Monday — one week out — to make the assignment official. It will be the first such honor of Gallardo’s career.
“I think he’s ready for it,” Macha said.
As expected, left-handers Randy Wolf and Doug Davis will follow Gallardo in the season-opening series against the Rockies. The Brewers will wait until Tuesday morning to formally name Dave Bush, who pitched Monday against the Giants, the No. 4 starter. Because of off-days, the team won’t have to name a No. 5 starter until after Opening Day.
Gallardo had dressed and departed Maryvale Baseball Park when Macha made his long-awaited announcement. He spoke briefly with reporters before heading home but didn’t want to jinx a potential Opening Day assignment.
“It would be great,” Gallardo said. “I would be very excited, honored, a little bit of everything. Getting a chance to start Opening Day, that’s a big deal.”