Would Gamel be better off at Triple-A?
Casey McGehee has forced himself into the Brewers’ everyday lineup, in turn forcing club officials to reconsider whether third base prospect Mat Gamel might be better served by a return to Triple-A Nashville.
“We’ll talk about hat internally,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. “That’s not something we would discuss publicly, but you’re always having discussions. It’s probably something you look at from a series-by-series standpoint.”
Gamel , promoted from Nashville on May 14 ahead of Interleague Play, was on the bench for the fifth time in six games on Tuesday, mostly because the Brewers were facing left-handed Mets ace Johan Santana in the second of a three-game series. But Gamel, who bats left-handed, has seen his playing time decrease of late against righties because of the emergence of McGehee, who entered play Tuesday with a .370 average, five home runs and 20 RBIs over his last 20 games.
McGehee, not Gamel, started at third base on Monday against Mets right-hander Fernando Nieve. He dropped a pop-up in the top of the sixth inning and contributed to two unearned runs, then belted a grand slam in the bottom of the inning.
“You have to put the lineup out there you think is going to win, and Casey deserves his time,” manager Ken Macha said. “But you also have to have a view of what the organization is going to look like long-term. [Gamel] has gotten a taste here. We’ll see what happens here from now until the All-Star break.”
Macha hinted that the Brewers could make a decision after their four-game series in Chicago ends on Sunday. If they decide to keep Gamel in the Major Leagues, they could explore sending him to the Arizona Fall League or to a Winter League to get at-bats and innings at third base.