Yovani Gallardo leaves start with left oblique injury

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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.

Blue Jays acquire Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates

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MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the Blue Jays have acquired infielder Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.

Ngoepe, 27, made his major league debut this past season. Overall, he hit .222/.323/.296 in 63 plate appearances. He mostly played second base, but also spent time at shortstop and third base.

Ngoepe is from South Africa. When he debuted on April 26, he became the second African-born player to play in the majors along with Al Cabrera of the 1913 Cardinals. He had spent parts of eight seasons in the minors prior to 2017.

In case you’re wondering, Ngoepe is pronounced “in-go-pay.”