Brewers to attend Gallardo’s start tonight
Brewers officials planned to attend Team Mexico’s exhibition against the D-backs on Tuesday night to keep an eye on right-hander Yovani Gallardo. He was scheduled to start and pitch one inning, a final test of the right groin strain that bothered Gallardo last week.
“We’ll have a trainer over here, [pitching coach] Rick Kranitz is going over to make sure he’s OK,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “I would think he would be, but just to make sure. Once he throws an inning to see where he is, we’ll have a pretty good idea. If he gets through that, I think we’re pretty comfortable with his pitching [in the tournament].”
Gallardo’s setback — he has not pitched since Feb. 26, when he felt discomfort in his groin during an outing against the Mariners — means he will be limited for Mexico. Roenicke said Gallardo would not be stretched out enough to reach the 65-pitch maximum allowed in first-round World Baseball Classic games.
Roenicke was trusting Gallardo to provide an honest assessment after Tuesday’s test. Gallardo is in line for his fourth consecutive Opening Day start and by far the Brewers’ most established pitcher.
“It’s a trust thing, but ‘Yo’ understands.” Roenicke said. “He understands what would happen if it flares up again — he probably wouldn’t be our starting pitcher to start the season.”
Gallardo already passed one test when he threw a bullpen session on Sunday without issue. At Mexico’s workout on Monday, he told MLB.com’s Lyle Spencer, “I’m ready to go.”
You can read Lyle’s story here.
“Any time you get a quality, top-notch Major League pitcher who can be part of your club,” Mexico manager Rich Renteria said, “absolutely, you look at it as a great positive. We’re happy he’s here. We’re monitoring everything closely and hoping things go well.”
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