Brewers place Yovani Gallardo on disabled list

The Milwaukee Brewers have placed right-hander Yovani

Gallardo on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.  

The extra man on the roster for Tuesday’s doubleheader,

second baseman Scooter Gennett will stay up to fill Gallardo’s roster spot. 

Leaving Tuesday’s start in the fifth inning, Gallardo likely

aggravated a nagging hamstring when he dove to catch a bunt attempt in the

bottom of the fourth inning. 

Gallardo stayed in, hit in the top of the fifth inning and

returned to the mound for the bottom of the frame. He was forced to leave the

game while pitching to Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney with the bases loaded

and two outs.  

In the midst of the worst season of his career, Gallardo

admitted the hamstring has been bothering him since before the All-Star break

to reporters after the game. Gallardo is 8-9 with a 4.91 ERA in 23 starts this

season.  

With Gallardo missing at least three starts, rookie right-hander Tyler Thornburg will likely jump into the rotation and start Monday in San Francisco. The 24-year-old tossed six scoreless innings in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. 

Gennett was officially optioned to Nashville following the

doubleheader, as Major League Baseball allows teams to carry a 26th player for

a scheduled doubleheader but then requires the player to be sent down right

after. 

The 23-year-old started the second game Tuesday and went

1-for-4 with a strikeout. He’s hitting .217 with a home run and five RBI in 18

games with the Brewers this season. 

Before coming up, Gennett was in a slump at Triple-A,

lowering his batting average to .280. 

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