MARYVALE, AZ (WSAU) Milwaukee Brewers’ first baseman Mat Gamel will miss the entire season, after he tore a surgically-repaired A-C-L ligament in his right knee on Saturday. The team confirmed Gamel’s injury, after manager Ron Roenicke said an M-R-I exam did not look good for the young first baseman.
Gamel aggravated the injury during the Brewers’ first full Spring Training workout this past weekend. Assistant general manager Gord Ash said the tear was unusual, because it happened in the middle portion of where the original repair took place last spring. Gamel first tore the A-C-L last May, while going after a foul pop-up at San Diego.
Corey Hart moved in from right field to take over the first base spot. But Hart is expected to miss the first six weeks of this season, after having knee surgery himself in January.
Roenicke said the Brewers would look to the players they already have for a replacement. Earlier this month, the Brewers re-signed veteran Alex Gonzalez with the hopes that he could play first if necessary. The team will also work with Bobby Crosby, Taylor Green, and minor league prospects Hunter Morris and Sean Halton as possible fill-ins to start the season.
Meanwhile, Roenicke says he really feels for Gamel. He said the player’s rehab was quote, “hard work, boring at times – and now, to think you have to go through it all again, it’s pretty rough.”