Brewers clear room for Gallardo

PITTSBURGH -- The Milwaukee Brewers optioned outfielder Lorenzo Cain to Triple-A Nashville on Thursday, making room on the roster for pitcher Yovani Gallardo to come off the disabled list and start against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The 24-year-old Cain went 3 for 5 with a run scored in three games since being recalled last Friday. The Brewers bullpen has been taxed recently, and manager Ken Macha said the team wanted to get Cain more at-bats in Triple-A.

Gallardo hadn't pitched since he left a game July 4 in St. Louis with an oblique strain, costing him the opportunity to appear in his first All-star game.