Brewers holding AFL spot for Gamel

Eight Brewers prospects were named to the prestigious Arizona Fall League on Wednesday, with one very intriguing “TBA” still to be settled.

The Brewers’ final slot could go to Mat Gamel, Milwaukee’s Opening Day first baseman who suffered a season-ending knee injury on May 1. First, the Brewers would have to be granted an exception because Gamel’s Major League service exceeds what AFL rules allow. Then, he would have to be healthy enough to play.

It will be a close call, and the Brewers have another player in mind to fill that Phoenix Desert Dogs roster spot if it does not go to Gamel.

Assistant general manager Gord Ash said Gamel was right on schedule in his rehabilitation from a torn ACL. He is expected to resume baseball activities in September, and could travel with the Brewers during their final road trip of the season.

The Brewers’ other AFL participants are right-handers Nick Bucci, Kyle Heckathorn, Johnny Hellweg, Santo Manzanillo and Jimmy Nelson; first baseman Hunter Morris and outfielders Khris Davis and Brock Kjeldgaard.

“I think it’s the best group we’ve had in a long time,” Ash said.

For more on that group, check out Brewers.com a bit later tonight.

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