Sunday, February 17, 2008

Yovani Gallardo To Miss 4 Weeks Of Spring Training

Milwaukee Brewers' 22 year-old pitching phenom Yovani Gallardo will miss the first 4 weeks of Spring Training after undergoing athroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. 


After an excellent rookie campaign which saw Gallardo post a 9-5 record with a 3.67 ERA and nearly 1 strikeout per inning, many fantasy owners have moved the young stud up their 2008 draft boards. This injury news could have been a lot worse had Gallardo been forced to miss a month of the season. Under this scenario, Gallardo would return around the final week of spring training with a chance to be ready for his first regular season start. At worst, Gallardo would miss his first two April starts.

As the fourth starter in the Brewers rotation (and second to only Ben Sheets in terms of talent), Gallardo will benefit from favorable matchups throughout the course of the season and should build upon his impressive 2007 numbers. If he stays healthy and pitches 170+ innings, 15 wins, 160-170 Ks and an ERA in the mid-3's is not out of the question.  

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