Jul 30, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo (49) grimaces after hurting himself pitching against the Chicago Cubs during the fifth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Brewers activate Yovani Gallardo, option Donovan Hand

The Milwaukee Brewers have activated starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo from the 15-day disabled list.

The veteran right hander missed three weeks with a hamstring strain he suffered against the Chicago Cubs. Gallardo will get his first start today against the Cincinnati Reds. He continues to the team with a 4.91 ERA over 128 1/3 innings.

Gallardo hasn’t had that great of a 2012 season, which has to be the worst season of his career. His strike outs have dipped to 101 while giving up 139 hits this season. His record stands at 8-9 on the year through 23 games started. The one thing he hasn’t really done that often this season is giving up long balls.

Last season Gallardo gave up 26 home runs through 10 more starts compared to the 13 he has given up in just 23 this season. His strike outs did drop as he sat tallied up 204 last season and only 101 so far this season.

In order to make room for Gallardo, the Brewers have sent down Donovan Hand to Triple-A Nashville. Hand has pitched in 20 games for the Brewers this season which included seven starts. He has a 3.83 ERA with 30 strike outs and 16 walks. Hand could be called back up in two weeks when the rosters expand in September.

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