The last time Yovani Gallardo was given a Game 1 assignment in the playoffs, he had very little time to prepare.

"It was tough," said the Milwaukee Brewers right-hander. "There were a lot of things going on."

Such as recovering from a major knee injury. In 2008, Gallardo suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on a fluke play at first base at Wrigley Field on May 1 and didn't return until one week remained in the season.

Despite that prolonged absence, there Gallardo was in Game 1 of the National League Division Series in Philadelphia, starting for the Brewers against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Basically, he got the assignment by default.

CC Sabathia, the sensational midseason acquisition who led the Brewers to the playoffs, pitched on the final day of the regular season to clinch the wild-card berth and wasn't available until Game 2 (on short rest). Ben Sheets was sidelined with an elbow injury that later required surgery.