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Mat Gamel diagnosed with torn ACL, season may be over

May 2, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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UPDATE: General manager Doug Melvin announced that Gamel has a torn ACL, which likely means season-ending surgery. Very tough break for a player who waited to get his shot.

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Mat Gamel left yesterday’s game after injuring his right knee chasing a foul ball and now Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the Brewers first baseman is headed back to Milwaukee to be examined by team doctors.

Manager Ron Roenicke sounded pretty pessimistic about Gamel’s status when asked immediately after the game, saying he feared it was serious and might be “a slight tear.”

Gamel has gotten off to a slow start as Prince Fielder‘s replacement, hitting just .246 with a .641 OPS in 21 games after biding his time at Triple-A for multiple seasons. Milwaukee doesn’t have an obvious in-house replacement beyond Travis Ishikawa, so calling up Brooks Conrad or third base prospect Taylor Green from Triple-A could be options.

  1. sdemp - May 2, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    If Gamel is out for an extended period of time. . . Move Hart to first and let Aoki play right field and leadoff with Weeks in the 2 hole.

    • brewcrewfan54 - May 2, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      This idea make a good amount of sense if Gamel misses significant time.

  2. channingtaintum - May 2, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Well, now maybe the Crew will FINALLY pull a deal with the Angels. See-ya K-Rod, have fun back on the team you should have never left!

  3. dlindstedt2 - May 2, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Send K-Rod packing for some 1st base help. I know we wont get Trumbo, and I hate to see K-Rod go, because pitchers are harder to come by than hitters, but we need something.

    • mattraw - May 2, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      I realize it was Reagins and not Dipoto, but if the Jays can get Napoli and Rivera for Vernon Wells, you guys should be asking for Pujols.

      • proudlycanadian - May 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM

        Looks like a good trade idea to me.

  4. icanspeel - May 2, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Ouch.. crazy he stayed in the game after the injury to play first defensively and went as far as the on deck circle to try and hit. Talk about a gamer

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