Kranitz approves decision to let Gallardo pitch

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Brewers pitching coach Rick Kranitz was in the stands for Yovani Gallardo's inning for Team Mexico against the D-backs on Tuesday night, and was on board with Gallardo moving on in the World Baseball Classic. Gallardo is scheduled to pitch Friday at Chase Field against Team USA.

Gallardo's status for the tournament was briefly in question when he suffered a minor right groin strain last week.

"We already had a plan ahead of time," Kranitz said. "If he cleared one hurdle, he was going to the next one. We talked to 'Yo.' Everybody's talked. If there was something there, he would have felt it last night after the game, and he said everything was good."

Because of the groin setback, Gallardo will not be stretched out enough to reach the 65-pitch limit for first-round World Baseball Classic games. Kranitz declined to specify Gallardo's personal limit.

Kranitz and Brewers manager Ron Roenicke plan to be among the fans in the stands on Friday. Organizers are expecting a crowd as large as 40,000 for the premiere game of Pool D.

"Better get there early," Kranitz said.

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