MLB notes: Brewers' Yovani Gallardo charged with DUI

Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo was arrested and charged with DUI Tuesday. (MORRY...

Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo was arrested and charged with DUI Tuesday. (MORRY GASH/Reuters/Pool)

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, Last Updated: 10:23 PM ET

Milwaukee Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo was arrested and charged with drunk driving by Milwaukee County police early Tuesday morning.

The 27-year-old pitcher was pulled over at 2:10 a.m. CT near Miller Stadium when cops allegedly spotted him driving erratically.

After a breathalyzer test, he allegedly produced a blood-alcohol level of 0.22, almost three times Wisconsin’s legal limit of 0.08.

A first offence for drunk driving is a citation, not a misdemeanor or felony, sheriff’s department spokesperson Fran McLaughlin told ESPN Milwaukee.

The Brewers released a statement on Gallardo’s misstep on Tuesday.

“We have been made aware of the situation with Yovani and we take this matter very seriously,” it read. “We have expressed our disappointment to him and know he understands that behavior of this nature is of great concern to everyone in the organization. Yovani has acknowledged the seriousness of this incident and is taking full accountability for his actions.”

JETER NOT READY

Derek Jeter will not be returning to the New York Yankees lineup any time soon.

According to CBS Sports, Jeter was expected to rejoin the team May 1. However, MLB.com reported Tuesday that the star shortstop is “not close to game action” and the Yankees are buttoning up with regards to any timeline for his return.

“He’ll be back when he’s back”, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters Tuesday.

BAD NEWS FOR D-BACKS

Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill is out 4-6 weeks after being hit by a pitch on his left hand.

The 31-year-old former Blue Jay took a pitch off the hand April 9, but X-rays came back negative. He made pinch-hit appearances on April 13 and 14, even getting an RBI, but later tests revealed a broken hand.

The Diamondbacks added him to the disabled list Tuesday, and called up prospect Didi Gregorius.

PUJOLS, HOWARD GET FAILING GRADES

According to a New York Daily News report, two evaluators have had their eyes on the Anaheim Angels’ Albert Pujols and the Philadelphia Phillies Ryan Howard, and their conclusions are not good.

An anonymous American League scout said Pujols is losing steam.

“I bet he doesn’t play more than 50 game at first this year,” the scout said.

A National League coach, under anonymity, echoed the sentiment about Howard.

“Every time I see Ryan Howard run, I worry that ankle is going to snap again.”

Pujols has nine years, $228 million left on his contract, while Howard has four years and $105 million left on his.

VALVERDE PITCHES TO CANADIAN TEENS

The Canadian junior national team got a treat Monday when former Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde pitched against them in an extended spring training scrimmage.

The 35-year-old held several teenagers hitless while getting four of the six outs via strikeouts.

Valverde failed to find big-league work during the off-season and eventually settled on a minor-league deal with the Tigers two weeks ago.

The Tigers are expected to send him to the triple-A Toledo Mud Hens to make a more accurate evaluation of his pitching abilities soon.

BRIEFLY

Boston Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan has been placed on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. He has allowed six earned runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings work. Andrew Bailey is set to fill in his spot on the roster.


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