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The Brewers traded catcher Matt Treanor to the Rangers on Monday for Minor League infielder Ray Olmedo, a move that put George Kottaras on the inside track to open the season as Milwaukee’s backup catcher.
The Brewers’ medical staff has been discouraged by third baseman Mat Gamel’s slow progress back from a sore right shoulder, and it is increasingly likely that the injury will cost Gamel a shot at the Opening Day roster, manager Ken Macha said Wednesday.
Third baseman Mat Gamel conceded this morning that he tried to come back too early from a sore right shoulder. Now it appears he will be sidelined a few more days.
The Brewers announced Friday they had signed catcher Matt Treanor to a Minor League contract and invited him to big league Spring Training camp.
Treanor, 33, was a capable backup for the Florida Marlins from 2004-2008 but was limited to nine games with the Tigers last season because of a right hip injury. In 278 Major League games, he is a .232 hitter with eight home runs and 70 RBIs.
Treanor is a right-handed hitter and thrower. He turns 34 on March 3.
He’s also known as the husband of volleyball star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May.
Treanor gives the Brewers further depth behind the plate. The club signed Gregg Zaun two weeks ago and promised him the majority of starts, but Treanor will presumably compete for the backup job alongside waiver pick-up George Kottaras and in-house prospects Jonathan Lucroy and Angel Salome. Kottaras, Lucroy and Salome have a decided advantage in that they are on the 40-man roster.
Until last week the Brewers also had incumbent backup Mike Rivera, but he became a free agent on Dec. 12 when the team declined to tender a contract.
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