Starting pitcher known for his durability, consistency, and good hitting ability for a pitcher. He debuted for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007 and spent eight years with the team before a 2015 trade sent him to the Texas Rangers.
In 2006, he led minor league pitchers in strikeouts, fanning 188 batters in 155 innings.
He was an All-Star and Silver Slugger for the Brewers in 2010.
He married Patricia Gallardo and he has a son named Yovani Jr.
He was teammates with shortstop JJ Hardy in Milwaukee.