Before last February, Brewers prospect Mat Gamel never had an injury more serious than a sprained ankle. He picked a bad time to catch the bug.
The Brewers announced Thursday that Gamel would be shut down for about six weeks with a torn muscle behind his right shoulder, and it could be eight or nine weeks before he’s back to 100 percent. On Friday, Gamel’s last morning in the big league clubhouse at Maryvale Baseball Park, he spoke about his latest setback.
“It stinks,” he said. “But it could be worse. I just have to deal with it and get better. It’s real disappointing, but people have setbacks in this game.”
Gamel has had setbacks in each of his two big league Spring Training camps. Last year, he also missed time with a sore right shoulder, though this injury is different.
The official word is that Gamel was hurt taking swings in early batting practice just before the start of Cactus League play. But he wondered aloud Friday whether he might have suffered the injury earlier on a throw and simply aggravated it on a swing.
“I never felt anything pop or tear, I just felt a lot of tightness in that part of my arm,” Gamel said.
Gamel tried to rehabilitate the injury but was sent for an MRI scan on Wednesday that revealed the tear. He said he wished he had been sent for testing earlier. “But it’s done, so all you can do is rehab it,” Gamel said.
Gamel will do so at the team’s Minor League complex. He is to report there beginning Saturday morning.