The Brewers are considering recalling prospect Mat Gamel once interleague play begins, MLB.com reports.
The 25-year-old has seen his star dim in recent years, but he's still considered to be Prince Fielder's heir apparent at first base, shifting from the hot corner to first to start the season and getting adjusted to his new position down in Triple-A. He's hitting .303/.373/.521 with 11 home runs in 260 plate appearances, very similar to numbers he threw up last season at the same level, albeit in just 82 games.
Gamel could make his 2011 debut this upcoming weekend when the Brewers head to Fenway Park for the annual stretch of interleague play. Gamel's presence would allow manager Ron Roenicke to shuffle Prince Fielder into the DH spot along with Ryan Braun and even Rickie Weeks, keeping their bats in the lineup while giving them, in effect, a half-day. Gamel would be able to fill in at first base in that situation, with Mark Kotsay handling outfield duties.
“We talked about it a week ago, and we talked about it about 10 minutes ago,” Roenicke said on Sunday of promoting Gamel. “So, yes, we’ve talked about it. He’s playing really well at first base, defensively. And offensively, he’s done a nice job. He’s been a little inconsistent, but he can swing. You guys have seen him.”
Gamel already has major-league experience, splitting 75 games over the last three seasons with 61 coming in 2009. Overall, he's hit .241/.335/.414, which are poor numbers, but Gamel hasn't really had a chance to settle down in the bigs and gain consistent playing time.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.