Capuano to DL; Gallardo Called up

by KFFL Staff on June 14, 2007 @ 14:26:44 PDT


The Sports Network reports Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Chris Capuano (groin) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin. This move is retroactive to June 9. Starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo has been called up from Triple-A Nashville and will likely take Capuano's place in the rotation until Capuano is able to return.

Capuano was putting a decent season together, with a 5-5 record, a 4.35 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings. Capuano was pulled from his last start right before the game started, but his injury may not be too serious.

The 21-year old Gallardo has been almost untouchable with Nashville, putting up an 8-3 record with a 2.90 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 77 2/3 innings. The highly anticipated prospect is very deserving of this promotion, and he should be able to contribute immediately.

To replace Capuano in fantasy leagues, Gallardo could be a good option since he definitely is a strikeout pitcher, likely even more so than Capuano. Gallardo has long-term potential, but his place in the rotation could very well temporary since Capuano may not be out long. Given the injury histories of Brewers starters Ben Sheets and Claudio Vargas, as well as the struggles of pitcher Dave Bush, another Gallardo sighting isn't out of the question, though.

If Gallardo is taken, Colorado Rockies pitcher Jeff Francis or Kansas City Royals pitcher Brian Bannister could work as temporary replacements for Capuano. Francis is 5-5 with a 3.81 ERA and has been very good recently. Bannister is 3-3 with a 2.91 ERA, and he has only allowed one earned run in his past three starts. However, the problem with those pitchers is that they will not have the high strikeout ratio that Capuano has.

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