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Team Mexico, Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo out with groin strain

Mar 2, 2013, 1:07 PM EST

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Yovani Gallardo was supposed to make a spring start for the Brewers on Sunday and then pitch for Mexico against the United States in the World Baseball Classic. The Brewers, though, have scratched him due to a groin tightness, putting his status for the WBC in doubt.

Gallardo’s injury is considered minor. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt that Gallardo will test the groin in a bullpen session Sunday. If he comes through that fine, he’ll be cleared to pitch an inning on Tuesday and then start for Mexico next Friday. However, if he admits to any pain at all, the Brewers could pressure the league to drop him from Mexico’s roster.

“We need to test to be sure he’s 100% before he goes to the Classic,” Roenicke said. “If he’s not ready, he’s not going to pitch in it.”

A Mexico team with Gallardo likely rates as the favorite to advance alongside the U.S. from Pool D. If it has to go without him, it may open the door for Canada to sneak in. Absent Gallardo, Mexico would probably use Marco Estrada, Luis Mendoza and Rodrigo Lopez as its three starters.

  1. cktai - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    But I thought players only got injured during WBC, never during regular spring training.

    • paperlions - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      No one has ever said that.

      • cktai - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        Oh I forgot you never use a hyperbole in your comments.

        Also, technically speaking, I could still have thought that without anyone ever saying that.

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