Friday, August 27, 2010
Yovani Gallardo OK after robbery
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo and clubhouse attendant Alex Sanchez were robbed at gunpoint early Friday, hours after Milwaukee's ace pitched in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"It was a scary moment for me, obviously for me and Alex, and those are tough situations," Gallardo said Friday afternoon, about 14 hours after the robbery occurred. "Things like that happen in every city, anywhere you go and it's just unfortunate that it happened to me and him."
Gallardo did not take any questions after briefly discussing the incident outside the team clubhouse before the start of the Brewers' three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
"Just going out there, getting a bite to eat before heading home, trying to stay out of trouble, and unfortunately trouble finds us," he said. "Nobody was seriously hurt and we're all OK. Both of us are fine. That was the main thing."
Brewers manager Ken Macha said that players are instructed by Major League Baseball about what to do in such situations and are given a card listing who to call and what to do.
"I mentioned to him he probably should've called MLB security right away," Macha said. "I imagine other thoughts were going through his mind at the time."
WTMJ-AM said that an armed man approached the two in a supermarket parking lot demanding money and jewelry, and that Sanchez was hit in the head but not seriously injured.
Milwaukee police were investigating but didn't have a suspect. Spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz confirmed that two men were robbed at an address that corresponds with a grocery store but wouldn't identify the men.
She said the suspect struck one victim with a gun and fled.
Gallardo signed a $30.1 million, five-year contract extension earlier this year. He's 11-6 with a 3.50 ERA in 25 starts and was chosen to his first All-Star Game this season.
He's struggled recently, losing 7-1 to the Dodgers on Thursday. It was the fourth straight start in which Gallardo has allowed at least four runs.