As Bill noted last night, Cardinals right fielder Stephen Piscotty had a painful trip around the bases, getting hit in the right elbow by a pitch to reach base, hit on the left elbow while stealing second and then hit on the earflap of his helmet while sliding into home.
He left the game after that, and was put through MLB’s concussion protocol. Good news on that front: he passed. No concussion. Just a head contusion near his cheekbone and a super sore right elbow from that HBP.
Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Piscotty was going to be held out of today’s Cubs-Cards game as a precaution, but that game has been postponed due to rain, so he may not miss any time at all, assuming he’s feeling OK in time for tomorrow’s contest.
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.