Gonzalez physical next week; waiting on Overbay

It’ll be a while before the Brewers formally announce their one-year, $1.5 million deal with Alex Gonzalez. He was not available to take a physical exam in Milwaukee until next week, at which time Brewers doctors, including head physician William Raasch, will pay particular attention to Gonzalez’s surgically repaired right knee. It was Raasch who performed the surgery last May to repair Gonzalez’s torn ACL.

But Brewers officials are not anticipating any problems, partly because they cared for Gonzalez through the first month or so of the offseason, and because he was healthy enough to play the end of the Venezuelan Winter League season.

Gonzalez is aware of the Brewers’ plan to use young Jean Segura as the starting shortstop, so this could mark the beginning of a new phase in Gonzalez’s career. He has appeared in the field in 1,536 big league games, all of them at shortstop and 1,504 of them as the starting shortstop, but he manned third base last month in Venezuela and could also see action for the Brewers at second as a backup to Rickie Weeks and perhaps even at first base, where Mat Gamel is expected to spend the first two months filling-in for the injured Corey Hart.

Most importantly, Gonzalez would represent experienced insurance for Segura, who turns 23 on March 17 and was the centerpiece of the three-player package sent by the Angels to the Brewers for Greinke.

Also on Tuesday… the Brewers were awaiting a decision from first baseman Lyle Overbay, who was weighing offers from several teams. The Brewers’ have offered a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league Spring Training camp.

Overbay, who turned 36 on Monday and split the 2012 season between Arizona and Atlanta, was Milwaukee’s starting first baseman in 2004 and 2005 before Doug Melvin traded him to Toronto and opened first base for a top prospect named Prince Fielder.

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