Thursday, May 22, 2014

Brewers' Gallardo Day-To-Day

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo is day-to-day after suffering an ankle sprain in Tuesday night's 5-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
X-rays came back negative and Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Gallardo's status for his next scheduled start on May 25th against the Miami Marlins is up in the air. 
"It all depends on how it is tomorrow," Gallardo said yesterday. "It's stiff now, but hopefully it's nothing big."
Roenicke moved Gallardo's next bullpen session initially scheduled for today back a day when they hope to have a better idea of his status. 
Gallardo suffered the injury when he tried to field a chopper off the bat of Julio Teheran at the top of the fourth. He rolled his left ankle while changing directions to react to Teheran's grounder and then landed awkwardly on the same ankle on the front slope of the mound after leaping to catch the ball. 
"I couldn't tell," Gallardo said regarding when the injury exactly happened. "I know I was just trying to change directions to try to get the ball and it just rolled on me. I mean, it's not the first time it's happened. For some reason, it's always my left ankle."
Roenicke and the Brewers trainers went out to help Gallardo, who walked with a significant limp after the play. The right-handed pitcher threw a few pitches to test his ankle before he was pulled from the game. 
"He wanted to stay in the game," Roenicke said. "Our concern is you have a bad ankle and all of a sudden you land funny and you do something to your arm. It's not worth taking the chance on that to get a couple of extra innings out of him."
"I tried, I definitely tried, but it's my landing leg," Gallardo said. "The last thing you need to do is try to overcompensate."
The injury stopped Gallardo at 3 1/3 innings, his shortest outing since he lasted just 3 2/3 innings against the Padres on July 25, 2013. His early exit also stopped a 17 straight start streak with at least 5 2/3 innings pitched. 
Reference: MLB
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