Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Gamel Coming to Milwaukee?

Mat Gamel is heading to Milwaukee - at least that's the latest from the Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt. He is reporting that a "very good source" has told him that the Brewers third base prospect has left Nashville for the Brew City. According to ol' Tommy, Melvin isn't willing to talk about anything at this time, and may or may not be able to after tonight's game against the Marlins. 

I have reason to believe that Haudricourt's claims are true, I just hope his source is better than the one that told him Ned Yost was getting fired early last summer (although he eventually was). If it is true, Gamel would likely replace Brad Nelson as a pinch hitting option, and the projected DH in the upcoming few series in American League parks. I still don't think the move necessarily makes sense at this time, because Gamel's defensive woes will likely keep him from serious playing time, and I think he might be better suited getting everyday work down in Nashburg. But, Melvin has a history of calling his prospects up in early May (Fielder, Braun) rather than waiting until later in the summer. 

Now, Bill Hall is out of the lineup tonight, but that's because the Brewers are taking on a righty tonight (if Looper can ever get out of this 1st inning), and likely not because he's about to be traded. Again, if Gamel is actually coming up, I can't see it being anything more than a pinch hitting / DH role at this point. Neither Hall or Counsell are going anywhere. It seems odd that this move would be made however, especially as it's one day after the signing of Frank Catalanotto.

If the Haudricourt's claim is indeed true, that's great, but I just don't see how much playing time Gamel would be able to get. Hopefully we hear some more tonight, and perhaps Bear can enlighten us further when he hammers out the recap tonight.

Regardless, the Brewers are likely going to be making a roster move tomorrow anyway, as Mike Rivera appears ready to come off of the DL.


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