News came through twitter this afternoon that the Atlanta Braves have released OF/INF Mat Gamel from the organization. Gamel was signed by the Braves back in December to compete for the extra bat off the bench.
The 28-year-old was a 4th round selection by the Milwaukee Brewers back in 2005. With the Brewers, he was a very highly ranked prospect but multiple injuries caused his stock to drop at many times.
The Braves and fans thought they possibly got a steal with this signing because of how talented he was once projected. Two knee injuries in the past two years and know a setback to one of those knee injuries has caused the Braves to release him.
The #Braves have released Mat Gamel. He reinjured his right knee (two ACL surgeries the past two years) last week.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 18, 2014
#Braves released corner INF/OF Mat Gamel, who reinjured his surgically repaired knee last week doing workouts on his own.
— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) February 18, 2014
If you read my post earlier today about visiting spring training, in the comments Alan had asked me if I saw Gamel, I had told him I didn’t see him but could have overlooked him. Well, I guess this cleared it up and my eyes were accurate.