Gamel was non-tendered by the Brewers on Wednesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
The 28-year-old got off to a strong start in 2020 but failed to take advantage of the absence of Lorenzo Cain (opt out) and had a .719 OPS and 30.7 percent strikeout rate. Gamel should compete for a job as a reserve outfielder, wherever he lands.
Gamel's $2.55 team option was declined by the Brewers on Friday, though he remains a member of the team as he's still arbitration eligible, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The Brewers could seek to bring Gamel back at a lower dollar figure, though he could also potentially be non-tendered. His .245/.331/.381 slash line in his two seasons as a Brewer is passable for a bench player but not good enough for a regular starter on a contender.
The Brewers reinstated Gamel (quadriceps) from the 10-day injured list Wednesday ahead of Game 1 of the team's wild-card series with the Dodgers, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Milwaukee cleared a spot for Gamel on the 28-man active roster by omitting star reliever Devin Williams, who will be sidelined for the three-game series with a right shoulder injury. Gamel, who slashed .237/.315/.404 over 127 plate appearances in the regular season before suffering the left quad strain, is expected to serve as a fourth outfielder for Milwaukee during the wild-card round.
Gamel (quadriceps) will work out Tuesday to determine his availability for the Wild Card Series, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Gamel was sidelined for the final week of the regular season with a quad strain, but manager Craig Counsell didn't rule him out for the first series of the playoffs. He'll take part in several drills Tuesday that could determine whether he's healthy enough to play in the Wild Card Series, which runs from Wednesday to Friday.
Gamel (quad) was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Gamel's injury has been diagnosed as a quadriceps strain, and it will indeed cost him the remainder of the regular season. The team's hottest hitter coming out of summer camp, Gamel ended up slashing just .237/.315/.404 with three homers in 127 plate appearances. Tyrone Taylor and Jace Peterson are now the team's top reserve outfielders.
Gamel was removed from Friday's win against the Royals with a quadriceps injury, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Gamel entered the game in the bottom of the fourth inning to replace Ryan Braun (back), but he suffered an injury of his own during the contest. In his postgame press conference, manager Craig Counsell said that he isn't sure whether Gamel will be available for Saturday's contest.
Gamel is out of the lineup for the first game of Monday's doubleheader with the Cardinals.
The lefty-hitting Gamel typically doesn't start against southpaws like the Cardinals' Kwang Hyun Kim, but the outfielder's playing time against right-handed pitching could be trending down as well. Since the Brewers claimed Daniel Vogelbach off waivers earlier this month, he's stepped in as the team's primary designated hitter versus righties, resulting in Ryan Braun spending more time in the outfield at Gamel's expense.
Gamel hit leadoff for the third game in a row Friday and went 3-for-5 with a run.
Gamel really struggled at the plate for much of August, but since snapping an 0-for-20 skid Aug. 19 he has hit a blistering .405 with 15 hits in 37 at-bats. His hot streak earned him a bump to the top of the order, and he has done well in that role, reaching base seven times over the last three games. He may not hit as high up next time the Brewers face a left-hander, but as long as he keeps producing he should continue receiving opportunities to lead off.
Gamel went 3-for-3 with an RBI single, two runs scored and a walk in Monday's 6-5 win over the Pirates.
Gamel got on with a single in the second inning and scored on an Eric Sogard single. In the fourth, Gamel plated Christian Yelich to put the Brewers ahead 3-2. Gamel scored again in the eighth, smacking a double and dashing home on Orlando Arcia's single for what would be the decisive run. The productive outing lifted Gamel's slash line to .232/.292/.427 through 89 plate appearances. He's popped three homers with 10 RBI and eight runs scored in 28 games.
Gamel is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Reds.
Gamel was the hottest hitter on the team coming out of summer camp but has not carried that success over into the season, hitting just .185/.221/.385 through 21 games. This marks Gamel's third absence in the Brewers' five games -- two of the three absences have come against opposing right-handed pitchers. It seems Ryan Braun is manager Craig Counsell's preferred option in right field, as that then allows for a rotation at DH.
Gamel isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Pirates.
Gamel was a bright spot in the Brewers' struggling offense Friday as he logged three hits in the loss, but he'll be on the bench with left-hander Derek Holland starting for the Pirates. Mark Mathias will start in right field in his stead.
Gamel is not starting Thursday against the Twins.
Gamel will stick on the bench for a second straight game as the Brewers go with an outfield consisting of Brock Holt, Avisail Garcia and Ryan Braun for Thursday's series finale. Through 19 games this season, Gamel is hitting .158 with two home runs and a 40 percent strikeout rate.
Gamel is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Twins.
The 28-year-old will head to the bench for the third time in the past four games with southpaw Rich Hill on the mound for the Twins. Gamel is 0-for-20 with 10 strikeouts in his last eight games, which combined with the return of Ryan Braun from the injured list has led to reduced playing time.
Gamel is not in Sunday's lineup against the Cubs.
It seemed that Gamel was poised to assume a major role for the Brewers after Lorenzo Cain opted out of the season, but he has gone 0-for-17 with eight strikeouts over his last six games, so he has failed to take that opportunity and run with it. Ryan Braun will start in right field and lead off while Justin Smoak shifts to DH and Jedd Gyorko starts at first base.
Gamel isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Cubs.
Gamel had gone hitless with one walk and seven strikeouts while starting the past five games, and he'll take a seat for Saturday's matchup against the Cubs. Ryan Braun will shift to right field in Gamel's absence.
Gamel is out of the lineup Sunday against the Reds, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Gamel started the last seven games -- since Lorenzo Cain opted out of the season -- but will take a seat Sunday after going 6-for-28 with two homers, two doubles, five RBI and 12 strikeouts during that stretch. Mark Mathias will start in right field for Milwaukee in the series finale.
Gamel went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the White Sox.
His fifth-inning shot off Lucas Giolito briefly gave the Brewers the lead, but it was the only offense the team could muster on the night. Gamel has taken full advantage of Lorenzo Cain's decision to opt out of the season, starting three straight games and going 4-for-12 with a double, two homers, three runs scored and five RBI.
Gamel should receive the chance to start in center field after Lorenzo Cain opted out of the 2020 season Saturday.
The 28-year-old received three starts through the first six games of the season and seemed likely to have a similar workload throughout the year, but Cain's absence opens up an everyday role in center field. Gamel may not fill that role by himself, but he should be the primary beneficiary of the increased opportunities. He's off to a strong start in 2020 as he is 3-for-12 with a home run, a triple, one run scored and four RBI.
Gamel will open the season on the Brewers' 30-man roster.
Gamel was not guaranteed to make the cut during spring training, but with rosters expanding and the universal DH allowing Ryan Braun to see plenty of time in that role, Gamel was able to lock up a roster spot. Gamel saw the ball well during summer camp, so it's likely he will see some action early as everyone gets their legs under them following the longer-than-usual break between competitive games.
Gamel is expected to serve as Milwaukee's fifth outfielder in 2020, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
This isn't all too surprising. The current plan is for Christian Yelich to cover left field and Lorenzo Cain to man center while Ryan Braun and Avisail Garcia split time in right field. That leaves Gamel to fill in around the outfield when someone needs a day off. In 134 appearances in 2019, Gamel hit .248/.337/.373 with seven home runs and two stolen bases.
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