Conrad was one spot away from making the Brewers every day roster, but at the end of spring training manager Ron Roenicke went with first baseman Travis Ishikawa instead because he had valuable big-league experience. Conrad was hitting very well towards the end of spring training and has continued to swing the bat well since playing in the minor leagues.
Before being called up Conrad was batting .400 with five home runs, 13 RBI and eight walks. He played first base for Nashville on Wednesday after Milwaukee found out the severity of Gamel’s injury.
Gamel tore his ACL when he and Rickie Weeks chased a popup towards the seats along the first-base side. Gamel looked to have a decent chance at making the out until his knee gave away right before he plunged into the wall that separates the field from the fans. Gamel fell to the ground and winced in pain. Weeks tried to help him up but it was clear Gamel was in no position to move. Weeks and right fielder Corey Hart motioned for the Brewers training staff while manager Ron Roenicke bolted out of the dugout and ran over to them with a look of concern on his face.
The loss of Gamel will prove to be critical as he was one of the more consistent hitters on the team. It is also a tough break for him personally as he has worked so hard and waited so long to finally get his chance in the major leagues.
Conrad will hopefully bring his hot bat with him as the Brewers are in desperate need of some offense after being blanked in back-to-back games against the San Diego Padres. Ishikawa will remain the starter at first base for Milwaukee but expect to see Conrad in the lineup shortly, especially if the offense continues to be stagnant.
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