With the Brewers set to play against the Yankees and Twins this week under American League rules, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Mat Gamel has been called up from Triple-A Nashville.
Gamel, 25, was hitting .321/.380/.577 with 18 home runs and 58 RBI through 76 games with the Sounds, including a .347 batting average to go along with 10 homers over 25 games this month. Of course, while the former top prospect has regularly abused minor league pitching, he has an underwhelming .241/.335/.414 batting line over his first 167 major league plate appearances. Poorly timed injuries haven’t helped, but his star has faded a bit.
The Brewers discussed using Gamel in the outfield as recently as last season, but he has exclusively played first base so far in 2011. He’ll likely serve as the designated hitter for a couple games this week, but will also give Prince Fielder the chance to get a breather. And who knows, if Fielder walks this winter, Gamel could eventually be his replacement.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: