Gamel could join club this week
The Brewers are mulling a midweek promotion for Triple-A first baseman Mat Gamel, whose bat could prove helpful in a weekend Interleague Series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Manager Ron Roenicke would like to give first baseman Prince Fielder, left fielder Ryan Braun and perhaps second baseman Rickie Weeks a day off in the field during the three-game series, and Gamel or Mark Kotsay could spell Fielder at first base on a day he’s the designated hitter.
“We talked about it a week ago, and we talked about it about 10 minutes ago,” manager Ron Roenicke told reporters Sunday morning. “So, yes, we’ve talked about it. He’s playing really well at first base, defensively. And offensively, he’s done a nice job. He’s been a little inconsistent, but he can swing. You guys have seen him.”
Gamel, who moved from third base to first this spring to give the Brewers coverage in the event Fielder departs next winter via free agency, was hitting .303 with 11 home runs and 39 RBIs through Nashville’s loss at Albuquerque on Saturday night, when he homered for the second straight game.
The 25-year-old has already played 75 games for the Brewers but has only started 25 of them and has never been given an extended opportunity to start in the big leagues. He’s a .245 hitter with five home runs and 21 RBIs in 145 Major League at-bats.
The Brewers would face an interesting call in freeing a 25-man roster spot for Gamel. With reliever Takashi Saito nearing a return from the 15-day disabled list, perhaps for the homestand that follows the Boston series, the Brewers could choose to play one reliever short against the Red Sox, then swap Gamel for Saito. That’s only one of several options.
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