Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 5/2/12
The cause for concern regarding Mat Gamel's injured right knee is great enough that the Brewers are flying him back to Milwaukee for further examination. The team announced Wednesday that Gamel will return home to be examined by Brewers head physician William Raasch. Gamel injured his right knee chasing after a Nick Hundley foul pop-up in the first inning of Tuesday's loss in San Diego. The knee appeared to buckle just before he crashed into the padded wall. He stayed in the game immediately afterward but was pulled in favor of a pinch hitter during the second inning after looking uncomfortable in the on-deck circle. The Brewers initially announced that Gamel had suffered a twisted right knee but was going to undergo further testing later that evening. Travis Ishikawa replaced Gamel at first base and will start there Wednesday. During his postgame meeting with reporters, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke expressed concern that Gamel's injury could be serious. "I felt pretty good when he stayed in the game," Roenicke said. "He seemed to be strong. Any time a guy walks off after trying to swing, you're going to be concerned about him. With the knee, there's so many things that you can tweak. Whether it's a slight tear or whatever the case may be, there's a lot going on." The Brewers are counting on Gamel, 26, to be the team's everyday first baseman after the offseason departure of Prince Fielder in free agency. In 21 games this season, Gamel is hitting .246 with one home run and six RBI.
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