Tag:Casey McGehee
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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Posted on: March 2, 2011 9:07 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 9:23 pm

Stars, scrubs of March 2 games

By Evan BrunellSilva

Coming your way: the three stars and scrubs of March 2 spring training games ...


1. Matt Wieters, BAL: 3 for 4, 2 RBI: Could Wieters be ready to break out? After a very disappointing 2010 season, the 24-year-old is looking to tap into the potential that caused the birth of MattWietersFacts.com. Stay tuned, but this is a nice start.

2. Casey McGehee, MIL: 3 for 3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR: A nice day for the Brew Crew's third baseman. As the projected No. 6 hitter, he will be the last line of defense before the motley crew of Yuniesky Betancourt, Carlos Gomez and the pitcher in the lineup. McGehee, who cracked the 100-RBI barrier last season, will be counted upon to have a repeat season.

3. Jose Tabata, PIT: 3 for 3, 1 RBI. With Andrew McCutchen moving to the No. 3 spot, Tabata will be looked at to be the new leadoff batter for the Pirates. So far, so good, although what bears monitoring is Tabata's stated focus to improve his power. All Pittsburgh cares about is Tabata getting on base. 


1. Carlos Silva, CHC: 1 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2 HR. Do you really have to ask why? Silva got into a fight with Aramis Ramirez after a disastrous first inning in which there were six runs coughed up by Silva's hand on two three-run home runs, and three errors committed by fielders. Really, it's just a day the Cubs would like to forget.

2. Nick Bierbrodt, BAL: 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 HR: Um, how much of a blast from the past is Bierbrodt? I recall the 32-year-old from High Heat 2001, and he was just as bad in the game as he was in the majors. He has a career 6.66 ERA (devilish!) in 144 2/3 innings and hasn't appeared in the majors since 2004. Just a guess, but that streak will extend another season.

3. Josh Johnson, FLA: 1 2/3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K: Not exactly a great debut for JJ, who will be looked upon to anchor the rotation once more and one of very few Marlins with long-term financial security and a home address in Miami. Ask Dan Uggla how rare that is.

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Posted on: November 15, 2010 10:32 am

Brewers' Weeks, McGehee on the block?

The Brewers may be looking to deal this offseason, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal writes, and it's not just Prince Fielder on the block.

The Brewers are open to offers on second baseman Rickie Weeks and third baseman Casey McGehee (pictured).

Casey McGehee Like Fielder, Weeks is a free agent after next season, but with Dan Uggla on the market, could wait until someone makes a move on the Marlins second baseman.

Weeks is a better defender than Uggla (not tough), and had a career-high 29 homers in 2010. He hit .269/.366/.464 in 2010, all a tick above his career marks. Weeks is arbitration-eligible and should get a nice raise over the $2.75 he made last season.

McGehee isn't arbitration-eligible until after next season. McGehee has been a find for the Brewers, who was selected off waivers from the Cubs after the 2008 season. McGehee hit .285/.337/.464 with 23 home runs last season, a year after finishing fifth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting.

To trade either Weeks, or especially McGehee, the Brewers are asking for a top-of-the-rotation pitcher, Rosenthal writes, and few teams are willing to give that up. The Braves are mentioned as a fit, noting Atlanta might be willing to give up Jair Jurrjens, but only for the right deal. Jurrjens is arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason and is under team control through 2013.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 10, 2010 7:54 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2010 9:11 pm

Fake press release jabs Cubs' Hendry

Jim Hendry In what appears to be a joke, it's doubtful the Cubs will be laughing.

The rest of us, well, sure. But, the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan reports someone put a fake press release in the game day press notes at Miller Park announcing a new book by Cubs general manager Jim Hendry called "How to Finish Near Last Place with the Highest Payroll in the League."

From Sullivan:
The release said: "Read in Jim Hendry's own words how the Chicago Cubs managed to finish near the bottom of the National League Central; Division with the highest payroll in the National League."

It also said the chapters included:

"Why I signed Milton Bradley!"

"Why I released Casey McGehee only to see him hit 20 home runs and drive in nearly 100 runs for a division rival!"

"Why I hired former Pittsburgh general manager Dave Littlefield, the man who helped make the Pirates what they are today, as my special assistant!"

"How I botched the recall of Micah Hoffpauir from our minor league team in Iowa by losing track of the number of days that he was in the minors!"

"Why I signed players to long-term contracts with limited trade options!"

The release ended with the sentence: "Reserve your copy today!"

Hendry is not in Milwaukee for the road trip. There has been no comment yet from the Cubs on the alleged joke.
UPDATE: A Brewers spokesman had this to say to Sullivan (via Twitter ): "It's an unfortunate incident ... a lousy attempt at a practice joke."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 5:01 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 5:02 pm

Macha wanted scoring change with 18-1 lead

Do you ever wonder what a manager is thinking about with a 17-run lead and one out left in the game?

Scoring decisions.

According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune , Brewers manager Ken Macha wanted a fielder's choice and error call on shortstop Starlin Castro overturned and a hit given to Casey McGehee.

With two outs, McGehee hit a grounder up the middle that Castro was able to field, but made a bad flip to Blake DeWitt at second to force Prince Fielder.

The Brewers called up to the press box and asked Rosenberg to review the tape and chance the call to a hit. No change has been made.

Had McGehee's grounder been ruled a hit, it would have been a record 27 hits allowed by Cubs pitchers in the game.

Now, it's easy to make fun of Macha. And really, not unjustified -- your team won, who cares about the rest? But that's one of the those things that could help endear Macha to his players. At that point, everyone probably wanted to pad their stats and McGehee is probably no different. It shouldn't be overturned, but McGehee likely appreciates Macha giving it a shot, even if he comes off like a d-bag to the rest of the world.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 10:04 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:53 am

Aybar may skip DL

Erick Aybar may be back for the Angels quicker than expected. Although an MRI revealed "meniscal damage" in his left knee, Aybar was doing agility drills before Friday's game with the Cubs, the Los Angeles Times ' Mike DiGiovanna writes .

"Until he runs the bases 100%, it's tough to know where he is, but he's feeling a lot better," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We're feeling very optimistic he won't go on the DL, but he still has some hurdles to clear."

That would be a huge boon to the Angels, who lost Maicer Izturis earlier this week and currently have Brandon Wood playing shortstop.

Aybar was injured on a slide by Milwaukee's Erick Aybar in Monday's game against the Brewers. Although it was a scary collision, Aybar said he thought the play was clean.

"I had no problem with it," Aybar said. "He was trying to take me out and slid hard. I was trying to catch the ball."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:46 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:22 am

Aybar leaves Angels game with injury

Erick Aybar The hits just keep on coming for the Angels, who lost shortstop Erick Aybar for what could be an extended period of time on Monday.

Aybar left the Angels' game against the Brewers after Casey McGehee executed a takeout slide, causing Aybar to go down in a heap. He was able to hobble off while putting a little weight on the leg, which is encouraging news.

McGehee was on base after being hit by a pitch, likely in retaliation for teammate Randy Wolf's plunking of two Angels. McGehee was less than pleased with being plunked and his takeout slide of Aybar sparked uproar.

The Angels' official website said that Aybar suffered an hyperextended left knee. It is unknown how long Aybar will be out, but a DL stint is not out of the question as most injuries of this type require a period of rest. It is also possible that Aybar tore his ACL, which can happen on more forceful hyperextensions, but the severity of the injury has yet to be reported.

The injury to Aybar is the latest injury to befall a team struggling to deal with the losses of key players in free agency as well as the freak injury to Kendry Morales celebrating a walkoff grand slam. Reports have linked the Angels to Paul Konerko as a way to replace some thump in the offense, but even Konerko can't help the Angels with the loss of Aybar. He was hitting .272/.336/.352 on the season over 261 at-bats.

Maicier Izturis figures to slide over to third, leaving a vacancy open that Kevin Frandsen and Brandon Wood will likely fill. Wood is on the disabled list but will come off it at some point soon -- perhaps even switching places with Aybar -- and will try to reverse his struggles that have seen him go from a former top prospect to a bust.

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