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Mat Gamel is out for the season with another knee injury

Feb 18, 2013, 12:16 PM EST

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Mat Gamel aggravated his surgically repaired right knee over the weekend, but as of yesterday the Brewers seemed optimistic that it was a minor issue and he could resume workouts as soon as today.

Unfortunately because Gamel has basically the worst luck ever Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that he’s going to miss the entire season.

Gamel tore his ACL in May of last year, costing the former top prospect a chance to establish himself replacing Prince Fielder as the Brewers’ starting first baseman. He hasn’t played since and now this latest setback costs him an opportunity to fill in for Corey Hart, who’s out for a couple months with a knee injury of his own.

Milwaukee will likely look into bringing in some first base help, but more than that this just really stinks for Gamel. His prospect stock had dipped to the point that he no longer projected as a star, but at age 27 even carving out a decent big-league career figures to be tough now.

  1. steelers88 - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Man I feel so bad for this guy.

  2. chacochicken - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    The kid is snake bit. He just wants to play baseball.

  3. polonelmeagrejr - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    TO quote:”His prospect stock had dipped to the point that he no longer projected as a star, but at age 27 even carving out a decent big-league career figures to be tough now.” Not crazy about it for two reasons: 1.) it seems like a self-fulfilling prophpecy because once a label gets stuck on someone it’s hard to get it off. THe other reason I’m not crazy about it is because in this instance may very well prove to be incorrect. He has not actuallly done enough to be evaluated, unless it’s the mere fact of aging a couple years -(Significant but not decisive)

  4. Old Gator - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    May I suggest Tweeter? He’ll follow in the proud Brooze tradition of gimpy-kneed first basemen, but more importantly, his inability to hit or drive in runs will not be compromised by his injury.

  5. brewcitybummer - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    I wonder what Russell branyan is up to these days.

  6. muskyhunter2542 - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    You have only 2 options…
    1. Sign Carlos Lee
    2. Have Hunter Mooris start the season as your starter with Gonzalez backing him up till Heart comes back.

    • bravojawja - Feb 18, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Heart just got elected to the Hall of Fame, so I’m not sure they’re eligible to play anymore. I hope not, anyway.

    • madnova - Feb 18, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      Or, give Maldonado some time at first.

      • muskyhunter2542 - Feb 19, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        Maybe, Forgot about that one. Didnt he play a few innings at 1st last season?

      • nightman13 - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        Nah, Lucroy at 1B and Maldy at C. Maldonado is lethal defensively.

  7. unclemosesgreen - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    As Bubbles said about Johnny – that boy just has no luck.

    “Too late” is getting later and later in this day and age – there’s amazing new legal stuff to help top level athletes, and I wish him all the best. He’s too young and too talented to quit.

  8. yahmule - Feb 18, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Poor guy. Injuries weed out a huge percentage of would-be athletes when they’re young. It must be very frustrating to make it all the way to the majors and then not be able to stay healthy.

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