The Milwaukee Brewers have activated first baseman Mat Gamel, starter Chris Narveson, and shortstop Alex Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list.
Gamel was lost for the season in late April after running into a wall and tearing the ACL in his right knee against the San Diego Padres. He is expected to play a backup role this season at first base after the emergence of Corey Hart at the position. Narveson only played in only two games before he was forced to miss the rest of the season to have surgery on a torn left rotator cuff. The four-year player is expected to return to his role as a starting pitcher in 2013.
Milwaukee has a team option to bring back Gonzalez, but the Brewers were informed Monday that the 35-year-old has chosen to test out free agency instead. This is not a big surprise considering the Brewers acquired shortstop Jean Segura in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels earlier this year. It is unfortunate Milwaukee will lose Gonzalez to free agency after he displayed a high level of play before he suffered a torn ligament in his knee.
It would be nice to have Gonzalez on the team in a veteran backup role like Craig Counsell was able to do for a few years in Milwaukee. However, Gonzalez believes he can win a starting job on another Major League team and with the numbers he put up this past season in the 24 games prior to his injury it is very likely.
Gamel batted .246 with one home run, 6 RBIs, and 10 runs scored in 69 plate appearances in his first true stint in a Brewers uniform. Narveson did not pitch well in the only two games he played in as he posted a 1-1 record with a 7.00 earned run average and five strikeouts in nine innings of work. Gonzalez batted .259 with four home runs, 15 RBIs, and four doubles in 81 at-bats this past season.
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