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Garza put on 10-day DL; Espino to be recalled

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MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers placed right-hander Matt Garza on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday and will recall Paolo Espino to start Thursday's series finale against the Giants at Miller Park.

Garza's injury was technically termed a "chest contusion," but in practice he has symptoms of whiplash. That's how hard Garza crashed into 250-pound first baseman Jesus Aguilar during Garza's last start, causing soreness in his neck and shoulder that impeded a bullpen session on Tuesday.

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MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers placed right-hander Matt Garza on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday and will recall Paolo Espino to start Thursday's series finale against the Giants at Miller Park.

Garza's injury was technically termed a "chest contusion," but in practice he has symptoms of whiplash. That's how hard Garza crashed into 250-pound first baseman Jesus Aguilar during Garza's last start, causing soreness in his neck and shoulder that impeded a bullpen session on Tuesday.

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The hope is that Garza will miss only one start. He will attempt another bullpen session during the Brewers' road series against the D-backs from Friday-Sunday.

"We'll know more after this weekend," manager Craig Counsell said.

When Espino made his Major League debut May 19 at Wrigley Field, it was a one-start stint. This time, he could pitch at least twice, since the Brewers are scheduled to play a doubleheader in St. Louis on Tuesday, the day before Garza is eligible to come off the DL.

Garza has a 3.83 ERA after his first eight starts this season.

"The positive is that we're in such a good spot [as a starting rotation], and I don't want to bring a negative," Garza said.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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