The Milwaukee Brewers have apparently dodged a bullet with right-hander Yovani Gallardo.
Gallardo, who sprained his left ankle in Tuesday’s loss in Atlanta, is doubtful to make his next scheduled start Sunday in Miami, but will likely avoid a trip to the disabled list.
MLB.com reported Wednesday that Gallardo is doubtful for Sunday.
“Unless he really heals fast, I don’t know if he’s going to be able to do it,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “[Thursday], we’ll probably know a little bit more. He’s got to be a lot better [Thursday] if he’s going to do this.”
Gallardo said his ankle felt worse on Wednesday, but that was something the team’s medical staff expected. He wants to take his next turn, however.
“I’m going to do everything I can to go out there and take the ball,” Gallardo said. “I’m going to get as much treatment as I can and get back out there.”
Gallardo is 2-3 with a 3.51 ERA and 1.254 WHIP in 10 starts and 59 innings this season, allowing seven home runs and notching 41 strikeouts. The 28-year-old has a team option for $13 million for next year, but would become a free agent this winter is Milwaukee declines the option.
Gallardo was 12-10 last season with a career-worst 4.18 ERA and 1.362 WHIP in 31 starts and 180.2 innings. He allowed 18 home runs and struck out 144 batters, spending 15 days on the disabled list in July and August with a hamstring strain.
He was an All-Star in 2010.
The logical replacement if Gallardo can’t go Sunday would be right-hander Tyler Thornburg, who threw 3.2 innings behind Gallardo on Tuesday after the injury. Thornburg started seven games last season and in 22 relief appearances this year has a 2.28 ERA and 1.225 WHIP in 23.2 innings, allowing one homer with 23 strikeouts.
But Roenicke said he is wary of that option, just the same.
“That was part of the reason why he pitched that extra inning [Tuesday],” Roenicke said. “But when you do that, it really disrupts your bullpen. I don’t know if right now we can afford to disrupt that bullpen that much.”
Gorzelanny just began a rehab assignment and is unscored upon in four innings for High-A Brevard County in two appearances.
Henderson has yet to begin a rehab assignment, but is reportedly close to being ready to do so.