May 2, 2008

Brewers lose Gallardo to torn ACL: news and views

Category: Sports General — Patrick Stumpf @ 4:44 pm

The Brewers received news today a MRI on starter Yovani Gallardo revealed a torn ACL. This is absolutely devastating news for Brewer Nation. The team will need to do more tests after the swelling has reduced to determine if Gallardo will need surgery, but the team is taking it as if he’ll be out for the season. Dave Bush is the likely candidate to replace him, and let’s hope he steps up. All we can do is hope for the best at this point. No timetable has been set, however, the best case scenario is the injury wouldn’t require surgery and Yo could possibly return to the team late in the season. Regardless, this is too bad. 

The Bucks and former-Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson has reportedly agreed to a deal that would make Sampson part of Scott Skiles’ coaching staff. ESPN reported the deal could be announced as early as tonight. Sampson has valuable experience, but his credibility took a major hit after he violated NCAA recruitment regulations. If he can put the issue behind him, and being in a new city should help, he’ll be a great pickup.

Undrafted UW-Whitewater standout Justin Beaver made his debut today in Packers’ rookie camp. The 5’8″ running-back is hoping to make a name for himself in the NFL after capping off his collegiate career as the D-III player-of-the-year. Beaver received some national exposure on ESPN last season, when his Warhawks defeated Mount Union in the Championship. I wouldn’t bet against this guy, but it would be a surprise if he made the final cut.

Marquette guard Jerel McNeal has decided to declare for the NBA Draft, but hasn’t  hired an agent. This leaves the door open for the junior-guard to make a possible return to the Golden Eagles for his senior year. Of the three junior guards, he has the best shot of making the jump to the NBA, but not this year, as the draft is heavily-laden with guards. I’m confident he’ll be smart and come back.

Brewers’ reliever Derrick Turnbow has been designated for assignment, meaning the club has 10-days to either trade, release, or send him to the minors. This was the only news Brewers’ fans wanted to hear today. Turnbow has pitched awful in the back end of the bullpen this season, posting an ERA better than 15. That was most recently inflated by an unsuccessful mop-up session at Wrigley Wednesday, as he only lasted 2/3 of an inning in the Cubs’ 19-5 drubbing. The club has already decided to bring up utility-man Joe Dillon for tonight’s opener in Houston.

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