Gamel signed a one-year contract with the Brewers on Monday, avoiding arbitration. Gamel is expected to serve as the Brewers' fourth outfielder in 2020, a year after hitting .248 with seven home runs and 33 RBI over 134 games.
Manager Craig Counsell, via FOX Sports Wisconsin, said following Tuesday's game that Gamel "will take a more prominent role" the rest of the way with Christian Yelich (kneecap) out for the season. Gamel has served as the Brewers' fifth outfielder and started just seven games since Trent Grisham was recalled Aug. 1, but both he and Grisham will be counted on for more with Yelich out the rest of the way. Grisham seems likely to play regularly -- he has started 21 games since his recall -- which would leave his old role to Gamel, which will involve filling in for veterans Ryan Braun and Lorenzo Cain -- and now Grisham as well -- when they need a break.
Gamel was recalled from Triple-A San Antonio on Saturday. Gamel spent a week in the minors following his demotion, appearing in four games for the Missions and going 4-for-14 with a home run, a steal and a 4:3 BB:K. He owns a .243/.330/.376 slash line across 109 big-league games this season and will provide the Brewers with outfield depth for the stretch run. Devin Williams was sent to the minors in a corresponding move.
Gamel was optioned to Triple-A San Antonio on Saturday. Gamel had a four-hit game last weekend, but he hasn't done much else of note since the All-Star break. Overall, Gamel is batting .243/.330/.376 with seven homers and two stolen bases in 109 games this season. He should be back to fill a bench role shortly after rosters expand in September.
Gamel went 4-for-5 with a solo home run and an additional run Sunday in the Brewers' 16-8 win over the Nationals. The four hits matched Gamel's total output from his previous 18 contests combined, during which he logged 30 at-bats. Gamel doesn't currently have a path to an everyday role, though he could see his opportunities expand if Lorenzo Cain (oblique) requires a trip to the 10-day injured list. In that scenario, Gamel may still be limited to a role as the Brewers' fourth outfielder, as rookie Trent Grisham would presumably represent the top choice to act as Cain's primary replacement.