09/18/12 7:47 PM ET
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By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Hart reports no progress on injured foot
PITTSBURGH -- Corey Hart needed only one word on Tuesday to update the condition of his injured left foot."Same," Hart said. That's bad news for the Brewers, who were hoping to have their slugging first baseman back in the lineup on Tuesday for the start of a crucial, 10-game road trip. Instead he remains indefinitely sidelined, limited -- maybe -- to pinch-hitting duties because of torn tissue along his left arch. Doctors have ruled out what Hart considered to be the last resort -- a platelet-rich plasma injection to speed healing in the area. According to Hart, Drs. William Raasch and Mark Niedfeldt decided that the reward of temporary relief would not outweigh the risk of further, more serious damage. So Hart continues experimenting with tape jobs and is wearing custom shoe inserts to ease the pain. "If baseball was all in straight lines, I'd be good to go," Hart said. "I feel like it's improving, but not to where I need it. It's tough, because I want to go out there and play every day, but there are so many things, that I think I would hurt our team if I was in there. I feel like I couldn't score from first [on a double] or score from second [on a hit]. Quick plays at first are going to be hard, [moving] back and forth." As of Tuesday the Brewers had 16 games remaining in the regular season, but manager Ron Roenicke expressed optimism that Hart would see action before the year is out. "If he keeps getting a little bit better, I think he will be able to start [a game]," Roenicke said. "If we get to the point where he's not getting any better at all, we'll have to talk about it and see what he wants to do, but I'm still hopeful that we'll get him back out there."
Gamel heads home to continue rehab
PITTSBURGH -- While the Brewers headed out for their most important road trip of the season, Mat Gamel headed home for the winter.Gamel, sidelined since May 1 with an injury to his right knee that required season-ending surgery, packed his bags on Sunday and headed home to Jacksonville, Fla., to continue his rehabilitation.
The Brewers hope that he'll be ready to play in the Dominican Winter League.Before departing, Gamel said that he was open to the idea of playing winter ball, but the team for which he played last year -- Estrellas -- is full, so he will need to find a new club. Manager Ron Roenicke explained the decision to send Gamel home. "This rehab thing is really hard," Roenicke said. "It's hard mentally. The physical part, you know what you have to deal with, but the mental part is hard. Alex [Gonzalez, who had a similar injury], went home from the get-go, but Mat's been going at this hard, and he's at a point now where we're comfortable where he is, and to get home and relax a little bit [is beneficial]." Gamel will continue his rehab with a club-approved specialist. After beginning this season as the Brewers' Opening Day first baseman, Gamel finds his future in limbo again. Corey Hart has assumed that position and will probably remain there in 2013, the final year of his contract, and Hunter Morris, the Brewers' No. 8 prospect and 2012 Minor League Player of the Year, is likely to man first at Triple-A Nashville. Where does that leave Gamel? Probably as a utility option, as he has experience at first base, third base and in the outfield. "He told me, 'I want to be in the big leagues. I don't care what it takes, where I play. I want to be on your team,'" Roenicke said. "I think that's a good attitude. He's shown he can hit in Triple-A, and we'll see what he can do in the Major Leagues. I think his mind-set has probably changed a little bit, too, because of circumstances with the injury."
Manager Ron Roenicke and pitching coach Rick Kranitz pored over upcoming matchups and considered altering the rotation but decided to keep the arms in order and play out the season.
"We said, 'Let's just go with what we have, and we'll see what happens,'" Roenicke said.