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Mat Gamel | First Baseman

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/26/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Braves released INF/OF Mat Gamel.
Gamel signed a minor league contract with the Braves in December, but he reinjured his surgically-repaired right knee once again while working out on his own last week and was given his release as a result. The 28-year-old continues to have awful luck on the health front. Feb 18 - 3:29 PM

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Braves signed INF Mat Gamel to a minor league contract.

The deal presumably contains an invitation to spring training. Gamel is coming back from a pair of ACL tears but is expected to be healthy for spring training. It's a bit of an odd landing spot for him, as he has no chance to win a starting job. Gamel, 28, is a career .229/.305/.367 hitter but potentially could be a nice bench bat for the Braves.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 12:35:00 PM

Cubs non-tendered 1B Mat Gamel.

The Cubs had claimed Gamel off waivers back in October. Gamel is coming back from a pair of ACL tears but is expected to be healthy for spring training. Someone will give him a shot, but it might be on a non-guaranteed deal.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 09:09:00 PM

Cubs activated 1B Mat Gamel from the 60-day disabled list.

The Cubs claimed Gamel off waivers from the Brewers at the end of the regular season. He's had multiple knee surgeries and hasn't appeared in a major league game since early 2012, but there's still some hope that the 28-year-old might develop into a useful player.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 11:25:00 AM

Cubs claimed 1B Mat Gamel off waivers from the Brewers.

Gamel got waived by the Brewers on Wednesday in the midst of his rehab from right knee surgery. He was once considered a promising young slugger, but the 28-year-old hasn't played in a major league game since early 2012.
Thu, Oct 3, 2013 02:00:00 PM

Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the Brewers have placed Mat Gamel and Taylor Green on waivers.

The Brewers are currently in the process of clearing room on their crowded 40-man roster. Gamel missed his second straight season in 2013 after re-tearing the ACL in his right knee and is on track arbitration-eligible this winter. Green, 27, didn't play this year due to hip surgery.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 01:46:00 PM

Brewers placed 1B Mat Gamel on the 60-day disabled list with a knee injury.

It's a procedural move, as Gamel required surgery in early March to repair a torn right ACL and is expected to miss the entire 2013 season. The Brewers now have an opening on their 40-man roster.
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 02:17:00 PM

Mat Gamel is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday in Scottsdale, Arizona to repair a new tear in his right ACL.

Gamel has already been ruled out for all of 2013 and will probably be placed on the 60-day disabled list shortly. He also missed most of 2012. The 27-year-old will be arbitration-eligible next winter but has only appeared in 106 major league games over the past five seasons.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 11:08:00 AM

Mat Gamel (knee) has been ruled out for the season.

Gamel re-injured his surgically-repaired right knee on Saturday in camp. It's another tough development for the Brewers, who were going to rely on Gamel as their starter at first base this season until Corey Hart recovered from his own recent knee procedure. The Milwaukee front office will have to reconsider outside options to fill the hole at a premium offensive position.
Mon, Feb 18, 2013 12:11:00 PM

Mat Gamel (knee) was held out of drills Sunday but could return to action Monday on a limited basis.

"It won’t be full go, we’ll just get him out there and acclimate him to the different things going on," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. Gamel experienced a setback with his surgically-repaired right knee Saturday, and while Milwaukee's skipper said he doesn't view it as a red flag yet, the club will obviously keep a close eye on him.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Sun, Feb 17, 2013 12:55:00 PM

Mat Gamel had to cut Saturday's workout short after aggravating his surgically-repaired right knee.

The Brewers are being extremely cautious with Gamel's recovery this early in camp, but it's clear that something is wrong. Look for the team to release an update on his status shortly. If healthy, Gamel will serve as the Brewers' primary first baseman this season while Corey Hart (knee) spends a month or so on the disabled list.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Sat, Feb 16, 2013 04:03:00 PM

Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said Mat Gamel is "ready to go" after having his surgically-repaired right knee examined Sunday.

Gamel had ACL surgery in May but hasn't encountered any hiccups during his rehab. The 27-year-old is expected to serve as the club's regular first baseman for the first couple months of the season while Corey Hart recovers from a knee surgery of his own. After that, Gamel will slide into a roving backup role at first and third base, as well as the corner outfield spots.
Sun, Jan 27, 2013 01:46:00 PM

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Tuesday that Mat Gamel (knee) will get extensive work in the outfield during spring training.

Gamel was the Brewers' starter at first base prior to tearing his ACL in May, but the Brewers plan to use him in a utility role now that Corey Hart has found a home there. "We're trying to get him more versatile," said Roenicke. "He'll play some outfield (in camp). Probably more in right field but some in left field today because 'Braunie' doesn't play every game. And he wants to do it." Gamel will also likely get work at third base as a backup to Aramis Ramirez.
Tue, Dec 4, 2012 03:55:00 PM

The Brewers hope Mat Gamel (knee) will be ready to play winter ball this offseason.

The Brews were hoping he'd be ready to play in the Arizona Fall League, but his rehab simply isn't far enough along. Gamel played for Estrellas in the Dominican Winter League last year, but their roster is full, so he'll have to find another team. Barring a setback, Gamel is expected to be healthy for the start of spring training.
Tue, Sep 18, 2012 08:07:00 PM

Mat Gamel (knee) won't play in the Arizona Fall League.

Gamel simply hasn't made enough progress from his ACL surgery. The 27-year-old first baseman played in only 21 games this season but should be back near full health by the beginning of spring training next February.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Thu, Sep 13, 2012 10:26:00 AM

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