Corey Harts' recent knee surgery meant the Milwaukee Brewers were going
to spend spring training looking for someone to tend to first base until their
slugger returns. Mat Gamel is one of the primary people being offered
that opportunity, but coming off his own knee surgery, Gamel hit an obstacle, forcing
him off the field today.
Gamel, 27, is well on his way to a full tea set after a series of
cups-of-coffee with the Brewers, dating back to 2008. The lefty swinger from Jacksonville, Florida,
suffered a torn knee ligament, which led to season ending surgery last
May. His injury prompted the Brewers to move Hart from the outfield to
first base, where he flourished. Now penciled in as Harts' understudy, Gamel
was forced to leave the Phoenix
practice field Saturday where the Brewers were holding their first full-squad
workout. Todd Rosiak reports in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Gamel had
aggravated his surgically repaired right knee.
Assistant general manager Gord Ash, through a team spokesperson, said
the team is being cautious with Gamel and his recovery early in camp.
Starting third baseman Aramis Ramirez has the only other first base experience
amongst the Brewers 40-man roster.
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