Gallardo nearing game action

Gallardo nearing game action

PHOENIX -- Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo took another small step forward on Saturday in his rehab from knee surgery and is about a week away from pitching in his first Spring Training game.

For the second time in four days, Gallardo pitched live batting practice at Maryvale Baseball Park and walked away reporting no setbacks in his surgically repaired right knee. Gallardo had the knee scoped on Feb. 19 to repair torn cartilage.

Outfielder Gabe Gross and catcher Vinny Rottino took hacks against Gallardo on a back field on Saturday during the 10-minute session.

"It was the same as last time," Gallardo said. "Everything is good."

Pitching coach Mike Maddux said Gallardo would throw to hitters again in three days, then would be penciled into a game three days after that. Because the Brewers are stretching out so many starters in "A" games, Gallardo likely would make his two-inning debut in a Minor League contest.

The added bonus is that, in Minor League camp, the Brewers have more control over Gallardo's workload. If he reaches his pitch limit, they can simply call off the inning.

"Basically he's having the same Spring Training as everybody else, just a couple of weeks late," Maddux said. "He's doing the same program everybody else has done."

The back fields were busy on Saturday. Brewers relievers Salomon Torres, Derrick Turnbow and Eric Gagne all pitched in the Triple-A game against the A's Triple-A affiliate, getting their work across the parking lot because starters Manny Parra and Dave Bush ate up all the innings in the "A" game.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.