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Brewers release Yovani Gallardo


The Brewers have released pitcher Yovani Gallardo, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The Brewers will be on the hook for $500,000 of his $2 million non-guaranteed salary.

Gallardo, 32, served up 10 runs (seven earned) on 12 hits and eight walks with 12 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings this spring. He had been vying for a spot in the Brewers’ rotation, but was told he would be shifted into a relief role a couple weeks ago. He was then told on Saturday he would not be included on the Opening Day roster.

Last season with the Mariners, Gallardo struggled to a 5.72 ERA with a 94/60 K/BB ratio in 130 2/3 innings. He wasn’t much better the year prior with the Orioles as he posted a 5.42 ERA in 118 frames.

Braves ace Mike Soroka out for year with torn Achilles

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Atlanta Braves ace Mike Soroka is out for the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon Monday night against the New York Mets.

Soroka was hurt in the third inning after delivering a pitch to J.D. Davis, who grounded the ball toward first baseman Freddie Freeman.

Soroka broke toward first to cover the bag, only to go down on his first step off the mound. The right-hander knew right away it was a devastating injury, one that ensures he won’t be back on the mound until 2021.

“It’s a freak thing that happened,” manager Brian Snitker said, delivering the grim news after the Braves lost 7-2 to the Mets. “I’m sorry it did.”

Soroka yelled in obvious pain and tried to walk gingerly for a couple of steps before dropping to his knees. He couldn’t put any weight on the leg as he was helped toward the clubhouse with the assistance of Snitker and a trainer.

It was a major blow to the two-time defending NL East champion Braves, who had won five straight despite struggling to put together an effective rotation.

“Somebody else is going to get an opportunity,” Snitker said. “Things like that happen. These guys will regroup. Somebody is going to get an opportunity to do something really good. Our young guys are going to continue to get better. We’re going to be fine.”

Soroka, who turns 23 on Tuesday, made his first opening day start last month after going 13-4 with a dazzling 2.68 ERA in 2019 to finish second in NL Rookie of the Year balloting and sixth for the Cy Young Award.

Soroka was making his third start of the season. He came in having allowed just two earned runs over 11 1/3 innings but struggled against the Mets, giving up three hits and four walks. He was charged with four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings, the second-shortest outing of his career.

Unfortunately for Soroka, he won’t get a chance to make up for it this season.