CINCINNATI -- Could it be Yovani Gallardo to the rescue?
Gallardo threw 75 pitches in an instructional league game Friday in Phoenix, and he will return to Milwaukee on Sunday for a Monday evaluation. With the Brewers' pitching staff suddenly in scramble mode and Ben Sheets ruled out for his start on Tuesday because of a bad right elbow, a healthy Gallardo would be a welcome addition, even if he's used only in relief.
Never mind the fact that Gallardo has not pitched in a game since May 1, when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee trying to cover first base against the Cubs.
Gallardo pitched Tuesday and Friday in Phoenix, throwing about 125 total pitches under the watch of Minor League pitching coordinator Jim Rooney and Steve Kline, the pitching coach for Milwaukee's rookie-level affiliate in the Arizona League. The Brewers are being extremely cautious with the 22-year-old.
"We don't want to be foolish because there is a very, very bright future here," assistant general manager Gord Ash said earlier this week. "We're not going to take a short-term gain for a problem down the road."
While he waits for word on Gallardo, acting Brewers manager Dale Sveum only lined up his starting rotation for the weekend series in Cincinnati. Jeff Suppan started Friday on regular rest, and was to be followed by left-hander CC Sabathia on three days' rest Saturday and then Seth McClung on Sunday.
McClung has not started a game since July 21. He had been serving as Milwaukee's long-relief man.
"After that, we'll be winging it, probably," Sveum said.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.