20-year-old Julio Teheran may have turned some heads in his first major league start Saturday, but he won’t come away with a win after allowing three runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Phillies.
Teheran allowed one run through three innings before Ryan Howard took him way out to right-center in the fourth. The fifth started with consecutive outs, but a four-pitch walk to Jimmy Rollins followed and Shane Victorino then delivered an RBI triple to knock Teheran out of the game.
While Teheran couldn’t deliver a quality start, he showed why he’s so highly regarded. He worked at 91-94 mph in the game and he had nice location of a low-80s changeup. He wasn’t very effective with his curve, in part because he didn’t get into a lot of two-strike counts. He recorded just one strikeout, that of Raul Ibanez in the fourth.
Teheran was just called up for the one start, and he’s expected to be sent back down to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday. Based on his showing tonight, the Braves won’t be afraid to go back to him if they lose a starter to injury. However, given that they also have Mike Minor waiting in the wings, there’s a good chance Teheran won’t be back until after the All-Star break.
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.