Gallardo has torn knee ligament, will begin the season on 15-day disabled list

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers have placed starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo on the 15-day disabled list with a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.

The right-hander, who is expected to be in the season-opening rotation, had minor knee surgery at the start of training camp.

As a rookie last season, Gallardo started 17 games and made three relief appearances, going 9-5 with a 3.67 ERA.

The Brewers on Friday also optioned utility player Vinny Rottino and left-handed pitcher Mitch Stetter to Triple-A Nashville.