Gallardo to have knee surgery Tuesday
Brewers phenom hurler likely out for season
MILWAUKEE -- Yovani Gallardo will have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his right knee, the Brewers announced on Sunday, likely shelving the hurler for the rest of the season.
Gallardo, at 22 years old one of the more promising pitchers in the National League, had hoped to avoid surgery on his knee, which he injured trying to jump over a baserunner in his previous start at Wrigley Field against the Cubs on May 1.
"I wish I was talking about my performances,'' Gallardo said in the home clubhouse Sunday.
Gallardo was expected by the Brewers to be a key part of their rotation following Ben Sheets. Gallardo, who had no record with a 1.80 ERA and 13 strikeouts in three starts this season, went 9-5 with a 3.67 ERA in 17 starts as a mid-season callup in 2007.
Gallardo, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee just before Spring Training began, plans to rehab in Milwaukee. He hopes to return late in the season, but players usually take 5-6 months to recover, if not longer.
Brewers manager Ned Yost has said the back end of the Brewers' starting rotation will need to pitch in more.
"If you look at our rotation, we need to get more production out of our starting pitching," manager Ned Yost said. "If you take Benny out of it, the earned run average is over 6.00."
David Brown is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.