Brewers activate Yovani Gallardo, option Donovan Hand to minors

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

The pitcher missed three weeks with a hamstring strain, but will start for Milwaukee on Saturday.

The Milwaukee Brewers activated starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo from the disabled list on Saturday, sending pitcher Donovan Hand to Triple-A to create room on the active roster, according to the team's official Twitter page.

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Gallardo will start Saturday for the first time since leaving early July 30 with hamstring tightness. The Brewers placed him on the disabled list the next day.

The 2013 season has not been kind to Gallardo, who has suffered through his worst career season. Over 23 starts, he has a 4.91 ERA and 1.481 WHIP along with diminished strikeout numbers and a higher-than-average amount of hits allowed. Gallardo, who has been one of the most used pitchers of the last five years, has also seen a significant velocity drop in his fastball.

The popular thought was that young starter Tyler Thornburg would be sent back to Triple-A to continue his development. Instead, it appears Milwaukee will keep him up to see what he can do in a lost season.

Hand has pitched in 20 games for the Brewers, including seven starts. He has a 3.83 ERA and a 30:16 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Hand will likely be recalled in two weeks when rosters expand in September.

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