Gamel heads back to Milwaukee for tests
The Brewers have announced they’re sending first baseman Mat Gamel back to Milwaukee today to be examined by head physician William Raasch, who will make a more formal diagnosis on Gamel’s injured right knee. Gamel was hurt while trying to catch a pop-up in foul ground during the first inning Tuesday night. He finished that half inning, then was replaced in the top of the second after taking an awkward swing in the on-deck circle.
Asked after the game whether he feared the injury was significant, manager Ron Roenicke said, “Yeah, I think so. I felt pretty good when he stayed in the game. He seemed to be strong. Any time a guy walks off after trying to swing, you’re going to be concerned about him. With the knee, there’s so many things that you can tweak. Whether it’s a slight tear or whatever the case may be, there’s a lot going on.”
Hopefully, we’ll know more about Gamel’s status today. The Brewers play their series finale against the Padres at an odd time — 3:30 p.m. local, 5:30 p.m. CT. Travis Ishikawa now becomes an important part of the Brewers’ offense.
Yovani Gallardo starts for the Brewers today, and the Gamel situation is reminding me of May 1, 2008, when Gallardo injured his right knee while covering first base in a game against the Cubs. Gallardo was able to finish that inning, then pitched another before exiting the game. He was sent back to Milwaukee and wound up having surgery for a torn ACL.
Obviously, the Brewers hope Gamel’s outcome is different. Let’s hold off discussions of moving Corey Hart to first base until the Brewers offer a better idea of the situation.
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