MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers decided to play it safe with their ace right-hander Tuesday, when the team placed Yovani Gallardo on the 15-day disabled list with a left rib-cage strain and officially removed him from eligibility to participate in next week's All-Star Game.
The injury bug bit Gallardo on Sunday in St. Louis, only hours after the 24-year-old was named to the National League All-Star team for the first time. He was examined Monday afternoon by head team physician William Raasch, who confirmed the strained oblique, and reported lingering tightness Tuesday.
That's when the Brewers decided to place him on the DL.
"Of course, I'm disappointed," Gallardo said. "Anytime you go on the DL, it's not a good thing. Being a starting pitcher, [the rib cage] is a tough area because you can only do so much. I'll take it easy this week, and hopefully it gets better."
To replace Gallardo on the 25-man roster, the Brewers activated left-hander Doug Davis from the 15-day DL. Davis, who has been sidelined since he developed inflammation around his heart in mid-May, is scheduled to take Gallardo's spot in the starting rotation beginning Friday.
Gallardo will be eligible for reinstatement beginning July 20.
"I think we have to be very cautious with this," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "The doctor will be in on Thursday again to take another look at him. If that thing tears, we're looking at six weeks, and I don't think we want that. ... Not only are you making a decision on what's best for Yo, but what's best for the team, too. We've invested a lot of money in the guy for the long haul, and we want to make sure he's OK and not create a bigger problem than the small one you have right now."
Gallardo said he still plans to travel to Anaheim for All-Star festivities, even if he's unable to pitch. Major League Baseball will name a replacement in the coming days.
"It's nothing major, which is a good thing," Gallardo said. "But I still have tightness in there, and the last thing you want to do is go out there and start and hurt it even more."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.