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05/02/08 9:33 PM ET
Brewers try to move on without Gallardo
Crew could turn to trades, Minors to find fill-in for injured righty
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
HOUSTON -- The Brewers were already moving on Friday after losing promising right-hander Yovani Gallardo to a serious knee injury, and they will spend the next few weeks focused more than ever on pitchers both within and outside the organization. Gallardo has a torn ligament in his right knee and will be sidelined for an extended period, if not the rest of the season. "We can't feel bad for ourselves because nobody else is going to feel bad for us," left fielder Ryan Braun said. "It's extremely difficult, though. I don't think we're going to be able to find somebody to replace him, so we all have to play better. Everything is magnified when you lose a No. 1 starter like that." Brewers general manager Doug Melvin conceded that no team would be willing to trade away a pitcher the caliber of Gallardo, and that he would have to "pay out the kazoo" to get an arm of any value this early in the season. Melvin has directed head pro scout Dick Groch to have his men focus on pitching as they make their rounds. Scouts will pay attention to the team's backups at Triple-A Nashville, particularly veteran right-hander Jeff Weaver, who signed a Minor League deal with the Brewers last month and made his Nashville debut on Thursday. The team was also pleased in Spring Training with left-hander Chris Narveson, who is 0-4 with a 4.14 ERA in his first five regular-season starts. Melvin & Co. will also watch the trade market. "We'll keep our eyes open," Melvin said. "You've got to overpay to get somebody right now. I'm not afraid of overpaying, but you're not going to get someone right now." Gallardo's immediate replacement, beginning Wednesday in Miami, is right-hander Dave Bush, who was 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in four Brewers starts to begin this season. He was demoted to Triple-A when center fielder Mike Cameron returned from a suspension and Ben Sheets was deemed healthy after a triceps strain, but Bush was scheduled to return to the big leagues during Friday's game. The Brewers will have to continue on without Gallardo. "Let's face it -- he's one of the best pitchers we've got," Yost said. "One of the best pitchers, we think, in the league. To lose a guy of that caliber hurts a lot. "The one thing you can't do is dwell on it. You're just going to have to move on. Guys are going to have to step it up a little bit. ... There's no easy way. You say, mentally, that you have to get past it. That's very hard to do."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.