Tag:Erick Almonte
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:17 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 6:49 pm

Already on DL, Brewer hit in face by ball

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Erick AlmonteTalk about bad luck.

The Brewers' Erick Almonte, already on the disabled list with a concussion, was hit in the face with a thrown ball during batting practice on Monday.

According to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy on Twitter, Almonte was playing catch, lost track of the ball and was hit in the face. McCalvy wrote Almonte was upset, and another concussion is a concern.

On April 26, Almonte, 33, was hit above his right eye by a thrown ball and put on the new seven-day disabled list for concussions. His recovery has been slow, and he just returned to working out this past weekend.

Almonte suffered from dizziness and nausea for more than a week after his initial hit to the head.

Almonte, in his first season with the Brewers, was hitting .103/.103/.207 in 29 plate appearances and 16 games for Milwaukee this season. He has played right field and first base for the Brewers this season but came up as a shortstop with the Yankees in the early 2000s, playing in eight games for the Yankees in 2001 and 31 in 2003 before spending the next several years in the minors in the Yankees, Rockies, Tigers and Brewers systems.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: March 22, 2011 6:36 pm

Gamel could be Brewers' backup plan at first

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Mat GamelThe Brewers may have found their replacement for Prince Fielder after the season, and he's not coming from outside.

Former highly-touted third base prospect Mat Gamel was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday to learn how to play first base. With Casey McGehee seemingly entrenched at third for the Brewers and Gamel struggling defensively, it seems like a natural fit. Or at least a pretty good contingency plan. Fielder is a free agent after this season and not many expect him to return to Milwaukee.

Gamel has suffered from injuries, but also found his way to the majors blocked by McGehee, Corey Hart in right and Ryan Braun in left. Before the 2009 season, Baseball America ranked him the No. 34 prospect in all of baseball. In the minors, he's certainly hit, putting up a .302/.376.489 line in six seasons, along with 77 home runs.

Last season he played at three levels, hitting .309/.387/.511 with 13 homers in 82 games at Nashville. 

"I told Mat that playing first base is not like sticking a Little Leaguer in right," general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Michael Hunt. "It's a tough position. A lot goes into it."

Melvin also said the team doesn't want Gamel playing right field for the Sounds. There has been speculation that the team could move Hart to first and Gamel replace him in right.

Gamel, serving mostly as a designated hitter this spring, hit .375/.444/.375 with three hits in eight at-bats this spring. A rib cage injury has limited his at-bats this spring.

In 167 career big league plate appearances, Gamel's hit .241/.335/.414 with five homers and 21 RBI. The bulk of his big league experience, 61 of 75 games, came in 2009. He's also played left field and served as the team's designated hitter and a pinch hitter. He played in 12 games last season.

The team is leaning toward keeping Erick Almonte or Luis Cruz to fill the backup infielder spot, Hunt writes.

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