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Mat Gamel won’t play in the Arizona Fall League after all

Sep 13, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Mat Gamel has missed nearly the entire season with a torn ACL, so there was some thought that the Brewers would send him to the Arizona Fall League to make up for the lost at-bats.

Assistant general manager Gord Ash squashed those plans yesterday, telling Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that Gamel “has not made enough progress physically to meet the timeline of the AFL.”

Ash indicated that Gamel will instead play in the Dominican winter league, which will give him a bit more time to progress in his recovery before seeing game action again.

Once a top prospect, Gamel is now 27 years old with just 269 career plate appearances in the majors and a modest .671 OPS.

  1. TrueBrewCrew.com - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Corey Hart will play at 1st base next year for the Brewers and Aramis Ramirez will be at 3rd base…

    Where will Mat Gamel be?

    On the bench? or with another team?

  2. madnova - Sep 13, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Gamel could be a utility guy, giving the corner outfielders and Hart breathers. Maybe even Ramirez, if they are willing to take the defensive hit.

    I’m guessing he’ll have to compete with Ishikawa for that backup first base spot…Ishi has a huge leg up defensively, though.

    Still hoping they continue the youth influx next season, going with Segura and Bianchi, maybe Ferris or Gannett on the bench for the infield, and Schafer in place of Morgan.

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