Brewers face decisions on pitching, Gamel

General manager Doug Melvin and manager Ken Macha will have another of their Miller Park meetings on Tuesday, and two questions will dominate the discussion:

- Who will join the starting rotation this week?

- Is it time to send Mat Gamel back to Triple-A Nashville so he can play?

First, the pitching.

Yovani Gallardo will start Tuesday’s series opener against the Cardinals but the Brewers’ could introduce a new arm to the rotation as early as Wednesday. It appears that Seth McClung, who surrendered 10 runs in 7 1/3 innings over his two starts, will return to the bullpen, meaning that Melvin must fill the vacancy either via a trade, a signing or a promotion.

The promotion may be the most likely scenario, and left-hander Manny Parra threw his name back into the hopper when he pitched seven scoreless innings for Nashville on Friday. Parra has been sharp in three of his four starts in the Minors since the Brewers demoted him last month, and his next scheduled start is on Wednesday.

Because of Monday’s off-day, Macha does not need another starter until Saturday. Macha expected to have his decision by Tuesday.

“If we need to make an adjustment we need to let [the staff at Nashville] know by Tuesday,” Macha said.

Then, Gamel.

The emergence of Casey McGehee as an everyday member of Milwaukee’s starting lineup has left Gamel twiddling his thumbs on the bench. He walked as a pinch-hitter on Saturday, but has only four plate appearances this month and 15 plate appearances in the Brewers’ last 12 games.

“I’ve thought about that,” Macha said Saturday. “I thought about playing him today but this guy [Cubs starter Rich Harden] has a real good change-up. They’ve been throwing [Gamel] a lot of slow stuff. Casey’s emergence here has stumped that. It’s something that Doug and I will talk about. We’ve already talked about it.”

They have discussed the same question being asked by many Brewers fans: Would Gamel, considered along with Triple-A shortstop Alcides Escobar to be Milwaukee’s top prospects, be better off playing every day in the Minors?

Melvin was mum on the topic.

“If we have a roster move, we’ll let you know,” Melvin said. “It’s not good to talk about players or roster moves while they are still here. Nobody likes to know their fate ahead of time.”

If the Brewers do indeed return Gamel to Nashville, they would promote another position player, Macha said.

“It is a tough call,” Macha said. “You look for balance in your lineup, and [Gamel] is a left-handed hitter. We’re breaking him into the big leagues, and you don’t want to bury him. You try to pick a spot where he can be successful, get some confidence, and yet you’re trying to contend for a pennant.

“It gets to be a jam. You’re developing a guy, so do you put the pressure on him that he’s going to be up there with guys on base all the time? …  In a way, I was put into a little bit of a ‘zim-zam.’ It’s got me flummoxed.”

8 Comments

Big mistake to send Gamel back to Nashville. It will give him a bad taste in his mouth about the Brewers organization, watch and see. I pray an American league picks him up. He would be better off playing for them. Give the excellent player time to play. How can you build confidence when he is not given a chance, what, once every 5 games. He has such a damn strong arm, replace him with Cory Hart. Hart is so damn boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
See, you cannot trust Melvin and Macha. ?
“Oh, we are not sending anyone anywhere!” You cannot trust those two losers.

Bad mistake is you move Gamel. You need to develope him like you want him to be. That is what makes a good managerial decision. Groom him the way you want him to be groomed. He has been a faithful Brewer for several years now. Do not burn him!!!! Or,…. you will get burned.

Big mistake to send Gamel back to Nashville. It will give him a bad taste in his mouth about the Brewers organization, watch and see. I pray an American league picks him up. He would be better off playing for them. Give the excellent player time to play. How can you build confidence when he is not given a chance, what, once every 5 games. He has such a damn strong arm, replace him with Cory Hart. Hart is so damn boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
See, you cannot trust Melvin and Macha. ?
“Oh, we are not sending anyone anywhere!” You cannot trust those two losers.

THIS ORGANIZATION REMINDS ME OF “AMERICAN IDOL”

I HOPE THE IMPORTANT PEOPLE READ THESE COMMENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope they send Gamel down so that he can get more seasoning. He needs to see more pitches and needs more playing time. With McGehee playing as well as he is, there is no way Gamel gets in.

whiterussian… You cannot just put a player in the OF who has not played there before. Both Braun and Hall had spring training to work on playing in the OF. Putting Gamel out there now is a huge mistake and that is why you will not see it this season. Gamel understands that this is a business and may be disappointed for being sent down, but he will not be angry at Doug Melvin. He knows he has things to work on. It is obvious he is lost at the plate right now and needs to see more pitching down in the minors.

hey whiterussian, you are a first class dolt. the whole reason to send him back down is so we can “give the excellent player time to play.” and an a.l. team can’t just “pick him up”. i hope you’re 12 years old or a girl or something.

Hey whiterussian! Your an idiot! Gamel cannot just be picked up by any team for one. And Corey hart being boring has nothing to do with his athletic ability. He is slumping. So what! So is the whole bottom of our lineup. We have five everyday players batting under .250. And our bench is probably batting worse since we have Bill Hall. Gamel will get quality playing time in triple A and get called up in September. Which will make him a better player in the long run. By then we will be 10 games back and he will get quality at bats and playing time. I hope im wrong about the being 10 games back but we have lost like 15 out of our last 20. I somehow cannot see this team getting hot and firing on all cylinders. Melvin built a team of fence swingers, instead of solid pitching, defence, and small ball able players. Just like when he was with the Rangers. Playoffs and done. The only difference is they had money to spend even after bad contracts.

Last night, didn’t Casey McGehee appear to be limping after grounding out? Has anybody talked about this?

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