Trade candidate Yovani Gallardo exits start with tight hamstring

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

A tight hamstring likely means no trade for Yovani Gallardo. (USATSI)
A tight hamstring likely means no trade for Yovani Gallardo. (USATSI)

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With two outs and bases loaded in the fifth inning, Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo threw a 1-2 pitch to Darwin Barney of the Cubs and then began favoring his left leg, eventually to the point of limping. Gallardo was promptly pulled in favor of John Axford and was later diagnosed with tightness in his left hamstring. He'll be further evaluated.

Gallardo has been on the fringes of the trade-deadline rumors, but this injury, whether serious or not, almost certainly means he won't be dealt at this time.

This season has been a disappointment for Gallardo, as he's pitched to a 4.88 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 2.08 K/BB ratio -- career-worst marks on all counts. As well, Gallardo has managed just 10 quality starts in 23 outings, and he's averaged less than six innings per start.

Gallardo, 29, is signed through 2014 with a team option for 2015.

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