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MLB Team Report - Milwaukee Brewers - INSIDE PITCH

A few weeks back, it appeared the Brewers' troubled starting pitching was stabilizing a bit. But, of late, it has returned to cause for concern.

After a second consecutive terrible outing Monday night by Yovani Gallardo in Washington, the starting rotation had a 5.18 earned run average, by far the worst in the National League. By comparison, the average ERA of starting rotations in the NL was 3.92.

What is happening with Gallardo, no doubt, has club officials worried. After three consecutive starts in which he allowed no earned runs, he has been knocked out of games early his last two times out.

Gallardo went only four innings (eight hits, five runs, three earned) two starts ago against the Cubs and was even worse Monday night against the Nationals. He lasted only three innings (nine hits, eight runs) in a 10-5 defeat.

Gallardo's velocity and command have been off all year but never more so than in his last two outings. He needed 96 pitches to get through four innings against the Cubs and threw 79 pitches in only three innings against the Nationals.

"You don't expect to see it from Yovani, because he's been so consistent throughout his career, but he's at a point right now where for some reason he's deep in counts to almost every batter -- 3-2, and he's having to make a great pitch.

"You can't survive if you keep doing that."

Getting short starts from starting pitchers has been an epidemic for the Brewers this season. The bullpen had logged 287 1/3 innings, the second-highest total in the league.

The bullpen has been the strength of the team but the relievers can't continue to cover so many innings on a daily basis without wearing down. Some of them are almost certain to blow out at some point if this continues.

What to do with Gallardo (6-8, 4.78 ERA) at this point remains to be seen. He has been so erratic that the Brewers, 4-1 winners over Washington on Wednesday, aren't sure what they have with him. And if they are seriously considering trading him for prospects to rebuild with, he is doing nothing to increase his value.

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MLB Team Report - Milwaukee Brewers - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 34-49

STREAK: Won two

PAST 10 GAMES: 3-7

NEXT: Brewers (Donovan Hand, 0-1, 2.63) at Nationals (Taylor Jordan, 0-1, 2.08)

PLAYER NOTES:

--OF Ryan Braun continues to make progress, manager Ron Roenicke said after Wednesday's game. He was placed on the DL with a right thumb contusion June 14 and is expected back after the All-Star break. He has been with the team and hitting indoors in Washington.

--RHP Donovan Hand will start Thursday against Washington. It will be his 12th appearance and third start of the year. Hand will face Washington for the first time.

--RHP Kyle Lohse allowed just one run -- a homer to rookie Anthony Rendon -- in eight innings in the win over the Nationals on Wednesday. "They hit some balls hard. I tried to make them put the ball in play," he said. Said manager Ron Roenicke: "He was really good."

--OF Carlos Gomez was out of the starting lineup Tuesday with a sore shoulder, said manager Ron Roenicke. But he was back in the lineup Wednesday and was hitless in four at bats but is still hitting .308.

--INF Jean Segura got a rare day off Tuesday and was back in the lineup Wednesday. He was hitless in five at bats and is hitting .320.

---RHP Wily Peralta left in the sixth with a left hamstring strain Tuesday. He told reporters Wednesday he hopes to make his next start Sunday. But manager Ron Roenicke told reporters: "I think that's still iffy."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I had pretty good stuff. I am trying to make quality pitches. I am trying to keep it as low as I can. They hit some balls hard. I tried to make them put it in play." -- RHP Kyle Lohse after a 4-1 win vs. Washington on Wednesday.

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MLB Team Report - Milwaukee Brewers - ROSTER REPORT

MEDICAL WATCH:

--LF Ryan Braun (sprained right thumb, nerve issue in hand) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 10. The team hasn't announced a timetable for his return, but he has made little progress since going on the DL and isn't expected to return to action until after the All-Star break.

--RHP Wily Peralta (hamstring) left the game July 2 in Washington in the sixth inning with left hamstring tightness.

--1B Corey Hart (right knee surgery in January 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 9. He now needs surgery on his left knee, and he won't play this season.

--RHP Alfredo Figaro (strained right oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 24. He was sent to the training facility in Phoenix to continue his rehab.

--RHP Marco Estrada (strained left hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 4. He pitched a bullpen session June 17. He felt discomfort during a rehab assignment with Class A Wisconsin on June 23 and went to the spring training facility in Phoenix to continue rehabbing.

--RHP Mark Rogers (right shoulder instability) went on the 15-day disabled list March 25, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 26.

--INF Taylor Green (labral tear and bone spurs in left hip) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 15. He had season-ending surgery April 23.

--1B Mat Gamel (right knee surgery in March 2013) went on the 60-day disabled list March 20. He is out for the season.

ROTATION:

RHP Yovani Gallardo

RHP Wily Peralta

RHP Kyle Lohse

RHP Johnny Hellweg

BULLPEN:

RHP Francisco Rodriguez (closer)

RHP John Axford

LHP Michael Gonzalez

RHP Burke Badenhop

RHP Brandon Kintzler

LHP Tom Gorzelanny

RHP Donavan Hand

RHP Jim Henderson

RHP Tyler Thornburg

CATCHERS:

Jonathan Lucroy

Martin Maldonado

INFIELDERS:

1B Yuniesky Betancourt

2B Rickie Weeks

SS Jean Segura

3B Aramis Ramirez

INF Juan Francisco

INF Jeff Bianchi

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Logan Schafer

CF Carlos Gomez

RF Norichika Aoki

OF/INF Sean Halton

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