Banged up Ted Lilly adds knee injury to offseason shoulder surgery

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Ted Lilly was already taking things easy coming back from November shoulder surgery and now he also has a knee injury to deal with.
Lilly had cartilage removed from his left knee in July, but this time the right knee gave him problems after playing catch from flat ground this week and he’s scheduled to undergo an MRI exam. Even before the knee began flaring up Lilly was being viewed as a longshot to be ready for Opening Day, so any kind of setback at this point would make him all but certain to begin the season on the disabled list.
Lilly has gone 44-26 with a 3.70 ERA during three seasons in Chicago, including 12-9 with a career-best 3.10 ERA in 177 innings last year. Jeff Samardzija, Sean Marshall, and Carlos Silva would be options to fill in for him if needed, with Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, and Tom Gorzelanny manning the other four rotation spots.

Report: Brewers sign Yovani Gallardo to a major league deal

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Free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo is headed back to the Brewers on a major league deal, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. No other terms have been reported yet, as the agreement is still pending a physical.

Gallardo, 31, completed a one-year run with the Mariners before getting his $13 million option declined by the team last month. He provided little value during his time in Seattle, pitching to a 5-10 record in 22 starts and putting up a 5.72 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 in 130 2/3 innings as both a starter and reliever.

Still, assuming the veteran righty is on the cusp of a comeback, he may as well try for it with his original club. Gallardo last appeared for the Brewers from 2007 to 2014, racking up a cumulative 20.8 fWAR and peaking during the 2010 season, when he earned his first All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger award. This will be his ninth career season with the club.

Even with Gallardo aboard, the Brewers are expected to continue deepening their pitching stores for 2018. With team ace Jimmy Nelson still recovering from shoulder surgery, the club will enter the season with a projected rotation of Gallardo, Zach Davies, Chase Anderson and Junior Guerra, the latter of whom pitched just 70 1/3 innings in 2017 following a right calf strain and shin contusion. Another big name pitcher could help cement Milwaukee’s rotation and keep them competitive for another year, though they don’t appear to have made any concrete moves in that direction so far.