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More shoulder problems for Mat Gamel

Mar 9, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

Mat Gamel exited yesterday’s game with a sore right shoulder, which is the same injury that caused him to sit out the Brewers’ first three spring training games last week.
He suffered the initial injury while taking batting practice last Thursday, but was also sidelined by a right shoulder impingement last spring. Gamel insists that his current shoulder problem is unrelated to the issues he had almost exactly one year ago, but as manager Ken Macha put it: “We have to get this nipped in the bud.”
Between his defensive shortcomings and Casey McGehee’s emergence as a rookie last season Gamel seemed unlikely to make the Opening Day roster to begin with, so the injury just makes those odds even longer. Unless it turns out to be something serious, of course.
Gamel has proven MLB-ready offensively, holding his own in 148 plate appearances with the Brewers after posting an OPS above .800 at every level in the minors, but Prince Fielder blocks his path at first base and the 24-year-old former top prospect will need to either improve his glove or have McGehee falter to take over at third base.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 9, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Dear Buddha, isn’t anyone coming out of spring training in one piece this season? What a litany of human wreckage this first couple of weeks has been. Maybe we ought to start blueshifting like a son of a bitch and keep at it till we get back to the first week in February, then start over. At this rate, there’s gonna be nothing but idoru out there on April 4th.
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    By the way, my anti-spam challenge key for this post was “Mohammad farthest.” Really. Are you guys cruising for a fatwa or something?

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