Welcome Brewer fans to our very first daily news segment. In these articles, we’ll have usually two to three news related things about the team in a shortened version for you. In the first bit of news today, Brewers’ ace Yovani Gallardo has a groin strain that may hold him out of the World Baseball Classic. In the second bit of news, the Brewers defeated the Los Angeles Angels yesterday due to Caleb Gindl‘s sacrifice fly that scored Rene Tosoni.
Gallardo has been scratched from today’s start against the Chicago Cubs with a minor strain in his groin suffered last Tuesday. In the World Baseball Classic, Gallardo is representing Team Mexico, but may not be participating if the strain lasts longer. Manager Ron Roenicke commented on the scenario:
“We’re going to be cautious with him. That’s why we’re doing what we’re doing. We need to test to make sure he’s 100 percent before he goes to the Classic. If he’s not ready, then, no he will not pitch.” – via Brewers.com
Roenicke’s caution to the situation is rather calming knowing that the ace of the staff is being looked at carefully. The Brewers will definitely need a healthy Gallardo to be on his A-game once the regular season begins on April 1st.
Yesterday, the Brewers (3-6) beat the Angels (1-6) in a close 4-3 game. Hiram Burgos started the game for the Brew Crew and was fairly successful in four innings with allowing only one run (a home run), one more hit, and struck out two. For the Angels, C.J. Wilson started and only pitched 1 2/3 innings while giving up two runs on four hits and striking out two. Burgos, who is on the 40-man roster, had this to say regarding his playing with Team Puerto Rico:
“You want to go over there and do the same thing or better. I’m very excited. It is really a great opportunity right now. I know a lot of players from that country want to be there. It’s a blessing to be there.” – via Brewers.com
In the win yesterday, Taylor Green had one hit that scored two runs and Gindl won the game for the team in the bottom of the ninth with a sac fly. Josh Stinson got the win and Robert Coello received the loss. The Brewers’ next game is today against the Cubs at 3:05 PM EST / 2:05 PM CST.