Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo was lifted prematurely from Sunday’s game against the Cardinals with a left oblique injury.
Gallardo was named to his first All-Star game just hours before taking the mound in St. Louis and might have to bow out of the Midsummer Classic if the injury proves the least bit serious. He will be evaluated by team physician Dr. William Raasch on Monday in Milwaukee before any kind of decision is made.
Gallardo, 24, is 8-4 this season with a 2.58 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over his first 18 starts. He has fanned 122 batters in 111.2 innings. Needless to say, the Brewers’ already-shaky rotation will be in major trouble if he is forced to spend a few weeks on the disabled list.
At 37-45, Milwaukee is 9.5 games behind Cincinnati in the National League Central.
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced this morning that they are contributing $250,000 to assist victims of the devastating floods that recently hit Louisiana.
The $250,000 contribution is being divided among three charitable organizations: The American Red Cross will receive a $125,000 contribution and two charities connected to Major League Players – the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and High Socks for Hope – will each receive a $62,500 contribution.
According to the joint press release, several players with connections to the area, including Reid Brignac, Will Harris, Wade LeBlanc, Mikie Mahtook, Anthony Ranaudo and Ryan Schimpf were consulted in determining which organizations would receive funding support.
Nice move, union and league.
We mentioned this in the recaps this morning but Yoenis Cespedes deserves a post of his own.
He deserves it for his walkoff homer in the tenth inning of last night’s game against the Marlins. He deserves it for the fact that he’s hit five homers and has driven in nine runs in his last ten games while raising his batting average ten points. And, most of all, he deserves it for the magnificent bat flip after watching the ball fly:
Here’s the whole play from MLB.com: