Inbox: How does Gamel fit into Brewers' plans?
Beat reporter Adam McCalvy answers questions from fans
What's the plan with Mat Gamel this year?
-- Colin U., Edgar, Wis.
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Cody Scarpetta was put on the 40-man roster due to the weird stipulations, but can we expect to see anything out of him in the near future? I know he has had some injury problems, but I hear the kid has some real potential.
-- Sean, Roscoe, Ill.
-- Andre H., Milwaukee It would make a lot of sense for the Brewers to send Rogers to Nashville to start the season. He was impressive last September in the big leagues, but he entered that stint with exactly one professional start above Double-A. With the additions of Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, there's no reason to rush Rogers. If he stays healthy and productive, I imagine he would be one of the first callups in the event of an injury. Do you think the Brewers might bring back Scott Podsednik to help in the outfield? I would be very happy with Carlos Gomez as a fourth outfielder, but I don't think he has what it takes to be an everyday center fielder.
-- John H., Morris, Ill. The Brewers are going to give Gomez another shot. He's 25, he's a plus defender on a team with two new high-profile pitchers, he's relatively affordable at $1.5 million and he's playing for a new manager (Ron Roenicke) who wants to run. It looks like it's Gomez's job to lose. Has the player to be named later been announced in the Carlos Villanueva trade?
-- Michael D., Pasadena, Calif. Nope, and don't expect it to be a blue-chip prospect. The Brewers apparently didn't see a place for Villanueva in the 2011 bullpen, so they moved him and his salary (Villanueva is arbitration-eligible) to a team that could use him. The teams have until April 1 to name the player coming Milwaukee's way.