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Gallardo debuts in intrasquad game

Gallardo sees first game action

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PHOENIX -- Another day, another milestone for rehabbing Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo.

The Brewers formally placed Gallardo on the disabled list on Friday so he has time to rehab his surgically repaired left knee, but before they did so, Gallardo worked his way into a game. He threw two innings and 35 pitches in a Minor League intrasquad game at Maryvale Baseball Park.

Gallardo walked a batter and surrendered four singles but escaped without allowing a run with some help from his friends. The Brewers used the "camp day" game to let their pitchers work on baserunning, and both Jeff Suppan and Chris Narveson were thrown out at third base trying to advance from first on a hit. Ben Sheets made the other out when he bunted a third strike foul.

Gallardo admitted he was "a little too excited" about pitching in his first game. Still, he was all smiles afterward.

"I was overthrowing a little bit at the beginning, but I got back in a groove and made some pitches and felt good overall," Gallardo said. "You have hitters, umpires, a strike zone, so it's probably going to be different. But overall I felt good, my arm felt good, my knee felt good. I'm very pleased."

Now that he has pitched in a game, Gallardo will fall into an every-fifth-day schedule. That means he will make one more start before the Brewers leave Arizona for the start of the season.

Gallardo will need four or five more appearances to build his pitch count to the point of starting a regular-season game. Players who begin the season on the DL must miss at least the first six games.

"It's always nice to throw in the first game, because after that you know it's every fifth day," he said. "You don't have to worry about, 'When am I throwing again?'"

Sheets, Salomon Torres and Guillermo Mota also worked in the intrasquad game. Sheets, who is lined up to start Opening Day against the Cubs, threw 91 pitches in six innings.

Brewers manager Ned Yost said he would have some news on Saturday morning. He's likely to formally name Sheets the Opening Day starter.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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