Found January 27, 2013 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
MILWAUKEE -- A pair of Brewers recovering from major injuries were given a good prognosis from team doctors Sunday in physicals that took place prior to Brewers On Deck. First baseman Mat Gamel and left-hander Chris Narveson both were examined by team physician Dr. William Raasch and the outlook is positive for both to head into spring training with no restrictions. Gamel recovering from a torn ACL suffered May 1 of last season in San Diego will get a chance to win back his starting first baseman's job while Corey Hart recovers from knee surgery. "The only thing Gamel hasn't done yet is get on a field and play," Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "In terms of his health, he's ready to go." The Brewers will limit the running Gamel does during spring training just to be careful, but he won't be limited in drill work. The original plan was to work Gamel in the outfield and at third base during spring training, but Hart's injury forces plans to change slightly. While Gamel will still get time in the outfield and at third base this spring, his time will mostly be spent at first base. "Gamel still needs to play some outfield and he still needs to play some third because when Corey comes back, Corey is going to be our first baseman," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "We need to look at some other guys." Recovering from a torn rotator cuff, Narveson feels ready to compete for a spot in Milwaukee rotation. "It feels brand new," Narveson said. "It's been amazing. When you have surgery, sometimes you try to trick yourself and say, Hey, I feel better than what I really do.' But I can honestly say that I don't feel that now. I feel 100 percent." Brewers manager Ron Roenicke expressed some doubt Sunday that Narveson would truly be ready to go full bore when the team reports to camp, but Ash said the club isn't concerned. "He's not behind," Ash said. "He had the review this morning by Dr. Raasch and everything was great. He threw a bullpen Friday in Arizona. "I think maybe Ron wants to insure that we are careful with him and to go slow. But there's no restrictions." 'Totally different' injury for Hart: Last offseason, Hart recovered from spring knee surgery and was ready in time for Opening Day. This time around, Hart's timetable has been set at four months. Hart flew back to Phoenix on Sunday and will immediately begin rehab. The Brewers first baseman is currently in a brace that limits range of motion and he will be on a weight bearing restriction for a few weeks. "This time, it's on the other side," Ash said. "It's smaller. The more significant injury is the debridement of the joint surface. He can't be as aggressive with his rehab initially. You have to be less weight-bearing initially (and) that slows everything down." The four month timetable is set to when the Brewers expect Hart to be back in a Brewers uniform and includes minor league rehab time. "We hope that on May 25 he will be in a Brewers uniform," Ash said. Other than Hart, Ash said he expects only right-hander Miguel de los Santos and catcher Hector Gomez to be the only other players in major league camp heading into spring training with injuries. Looking for help: Both Roenicke and Brewers general manager Doug Melvin acknowledged Sunday that they are looking for a veteran first baseman to provide insurance at the position. While Melvin was vague, he clearly has at least one potential target in mind. "We're talking to somebody," Melvin said. "I don't know if it will happen." Melvin has stayed in touch with the agent for former Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez, but the veteran has been looking for a team that would provide him more playing time. The Brewers have made it clear that they are committed to Jean Segura as their shortstop for this season. The other name floated around Sunday was veteran starting pitcher Kyle Lohse. Still unsigned, Lohse has long been one of the names mentioned as an option if Milwaukee decided to chase a veteran starter, but his price tag has been too hefty. If the Brewers were to sign Lohse, they would have to give up a first-round draft pick as compensation. Brewers owner Mark Attanasio seemed OK with having to forfeit the pick because the team holds the 17th pick in this year's draft. Attanasio referenced the fact that if Milwaukee was in a position to make a move to add pieces at the trade deadline, it would have to part ways with young players closer to the major leagues than a middle round draft pick. "There's always a chance," Attanasio said of the Brewers signing Lohse. "It's a function of size of contract, length of contract. Kyle had two phenomenal seasons the last two seasons with St. Louis. We just have to see if that fits in our overall scheme. "As Doug says, he goes to the office every day. In fact, we've had a couple of trade conversations the last two weeks." Follow Andrew Gruman on Twitter.

Brewers to wear fan-designed unis

The Brewers held a contest this offseason to design a team uniform. On Sunday, they announced the winner, who's design will be used in 2 Spring Training games.

Axford confident in his abilities, revamped pen

MILWAUKEE -- In the game of baseball, struggles are inevitable. The game requires players to learn from their miscues, but also to have an ability to let go of the past and forget about it. Nobody knows this better than a closer. With his team so close to winning when he appears in the game, failures are magnified tenfold. Brewers closer John Axford knows this better than anyone...

Braun prepared to hit WBC in full stride

MILWAUKEE -- While many big name American baseball players decided against the opportunity to represent their country at the World Baseball Classic, Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun didn't have to think twice. In fact, it was a no-brainer. If he was healthy, Braun was going to don the red, white and blue. "First and foremost, it's an honor," Braun said. "...

Brewers Rumors: Milwaukee Seeking First Baseman

As slugger Corey Hart recovers from right knee surgery that is expected to sideline him for the start of the regular season, the Milwaukee Brewers continue to look to bring a first baseman into camp to offer in-house replacement candidate Mat Gamel competition, according to Adam McCalvy of “There’s still the possibility that Doug [Melvin, the Brewers'...

Discount Double Check: Carlos Gomez

KNOCK, KNOCK! Who's there? CarGo! CarGo who? CarGo vrooooooooom! That made absolutely no sense. Did it need a prop to explain it? Who's writing your standup, Carrot Top? It's true, my stand-up goes over about as well as Michael Richards' did back in the day. I'll never look at Cosmo Kramer the same way again...but enough about maniacal, racist tirades...

Brewers name YOUniform design contest winner

MILWAUKEE -- To kick off their annual winter fan fest, the Milwaukee Brewers revealed the winner of the Design a YOUniform contest. Fans were asked to submit their ideas for an alternate Brewers on-field uniform in the fall. Three finalists were announced recently and all three were in attendance Sunday. The design based around the barrel man logo on the hat designed by Ben Peters...

Corey Hart's Injury and its Impact to the Brewers

This is a guest post by reader Raymond Bureau. If you are interested in contributing a guest post and having your work featured on MLB Injury News email The Milwaukee Brewers got a big blow to the heart when they learned the fate of their star first baseman / right fielder. Corey Hart will miss four months after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus...

Starting spots up for grabs in Brewers' rotation

By Andrei Greska MILWAUKEE -- With the league's most potent offense coming back whole for the most part, there was only one topic in the minds of fans and players alike during the 2013 edition of Brewers On Deck: pitching. "I think there are far more unknowns this year than there were last year because of a lack of experience," Ryan Braun...

Brewers Rumors: Milwaukee Interested in Lyle Overbay

The Milwaukee Brewers are talking to free agent first baseman Lyle Overbay about a potential minor league contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. #Brewers talking to free-agent 1B Overbay about minor-league deal. Gamel will be regular 1B with Hart out. Overbay played in MIL 2004-05. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 28, 2013 Rosenthal adds that...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.