Brewers Notebook: Gallardo day-to-day; availability for All-Star Game unlikely
Despite being named to his first All-Star appearance Sunday, Yovani Gallardo will likely not be participating in the Midsummer Classic next week in Anaheim.
Not long after getting the official word that he'd made the team, Gallardo took the mound for a start against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
Things quickly unraveled.
He was tagged for six early runs -- though only one was earned -- on five hits with two walks and left the game in the third inning after suffering a strain to his left oblique muscle.
Gallardo met with team doctors Monday in Milwaukee but was not placed on the disabled list, though the team had summoned outfielder Lorenzo Cain from Class AAA Nashville, in the event a roster move was necessary.
Team physician Dr. William Raasch said that Gallardo had reported improvement and was "day-to-day."
"It definitely feels better," Gallardo said. "It just happened on that one pitch. I never had problems with it until yesterday. I just have to be cautious with it and see what happens.
"I had never felt anything like that. I just have to back off and be easy. It felt like a cramp."
Though Gallardo hadn't ruled out pitching in the All-Star Game, Macha doesn't expect him to be on the mound next week at Angels Stadium.
"Best-case scenario, he'll be doing no baseball activities for at least 10 days," Macha said.
Lefty Doug Davis, out since mid-May with an inflammation of the lining of the heart, will start Thursday in Gallardo's place.
Braun, Hart head to Anaheim: Gallardo is one of three Brewers set to represent the National League in next week's All-Star Game.
Outfielder Ryan Braun was the leading vote getter among NL outfielders and will make his third consecutive start - the first Brewers player to start three consecutive times.
He'll be joined by fellow outfielder Corey Hart, who was named to the team by NL manager Charlie Manuel of Philadelphia.
Hart has been one of the biggest surprises of the year for Milwaukee. After winning a $4.8 million contract in arbitration, Hart struggled mightily during Spring Training, was benched on Opening Day and wasn't listed on the All-Star ballot.
He had just three home runs and 12 RBI through the first six weeks of the season but has been on a tear since (16 homers, 49 RBI since May 15) and currently ranks among the league leaders while hitting .286.
"I'm an advocate of hard work and he's done that," Macha said. "I feel really good about that. He's done nothing but put himself in that position.
"I'm also an advocate of guys that write their name in their lineup and he's done that, too. I have a hard time giving him a day off."
With Atlanta's Jason Hayward not expected to play because of injury, Hart could find himself starting the All-Star game along side Braun and the Dodgers' Andre Ether.
"I wasn't happy with how a lot of things went early in the year," Hart told reporters in St. Louis. "I worked my way back to where I am. I'm happy with being able to come back and show them I still got it."
Hart will be making his second All-Star appearance. In 2008, he made the team after winning the "Final Vote" balloting.
Jenkins will retire with Brewers: The team announced Monday that Geoff Jenkins will formally announce his retirement Friday at Miller Park.
Jenkins, the team's first-round draft pick in 1995, spent 10 years in a Brewers uniform before signing with the Phillies prior to the 2008 season. He ranks among the franchise leaders in a number off offensive categories and is second all-time with 212 home runs and a .496 slugging percentage.
"Geoff indicated a desire to retire as a Brewer, and we were honored to accommodate the request," general manager Doug Melvin said. "Geoff will always be a part of the organization and we look forward to welcoming him home."
Jenkins did not play in 2009 and remained unsigned through the first half of the 2010 season, opting to retire after being unable to catch on.
He will throw out the first pitch before Friday's game against Pittsburgh.
"The Milwaukee fans and organization welcomed me into their homes and it was an honor to put on the Brewer uniform for a decade, Jenkins said. "I look forward to coming back on July 9th to formally retire as a Milwaukee Brewer and hope to be a part of the organization for years to come."
Quick hits: The Brewers entered play Sunday tied with Cincinnati for the National League home run lead with 102 ... Rickie Weeks has 14 homers and 49 RBI from the leadoff spot this season ... Milwaukee has had at least three All-Stars each of the last three seasons ... Brewers pitchers lead the national league with a .218 batting average, three homers and 14 RBI ... Hart will participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby; an even Prince Fielder won last season ... RHP Kameron Loe allowd a home run to John Jay Sunday, the first time all season he failed to retire the first batter he faced ... Opponents are hitting .324 off LHP Chris Capuano ... RHP John Axford has 28 strikeouts in 22 innings of work ... Entering Monday's game, Hart had hit safely in 19 consecutive games -- the second-longest streak of his career.
Injury report: RHP LaTroy Hawkins, out since May 9 with a sore right shoulder, threw off a mound while the team was in St. Louis, but is still a "long way" from returning according to Macha ... OF Jody Gerut has taking some batting practice in recent weeks, but isn't expected to return soon, either. He's been out since May 27 with a left heel injury.
On the farm: Class A Wisconsin OF Khris Davis was named Midwest League Batter of the Week after going 5-for-11 with two home runs and two doubles in a three-game sweep of Burlington over the weekend. Davis also won the Midwest League Home Run Derby and started the All-Star Game last week.
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