Yovani Gallardo exits early with "tight left hamstring"

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

If you were wondering what else could go wrong, here you go.

A bad season for the Brewers took a turn for the worse Tuesday afternoon as one of their most valuable potential trade candidates went down with a terribly timed injury.

Yovani Gallardo, starting game one of a doubleheader against the Cubs, left today's game in the fifth inning with what's being called a "tight left hamstring." The trainer came out to see Gallardo on the mound following this diving play in the fourth inning and left him in. It's unclear if his later injury was related to that play.

Gallardo had pitched 4.2 scoreless innings at the time of his departure, but had walked the bases loaded with two outs. John Axford followed him to the mound and surrendered hits to each of the first four batters he faced, adding insult to injury and allowing the Cubs to take a 5-2 lead.

We don't know much more about Gallardo's status at this point, but it's now safe to assume he'll at least finish the season as a Brewer. The non-waiver trade deadline is tomorrow, and it's likely the Brewers would know enough about his health situation in time to complete a deal, even if one was on the table.

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