Gamel expected to miss 2013 season

Brewers 1B Mat Gamel, who tore his ACL in February, will have it repaired Friday.

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Mat Gamel is set to have surgery Friday to repair a torn ACL in his right knee, the team announced Wednesday.

The surgery will be performed in Scottsdale, Ariz., by Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Coyotes team doctor Gary Waslewski with Brewers team physician William Raasch assisting. 

Gamel, 27, tore his ACL sliding into the wall in foul territory at Petco Park last May and missed the rest of the 2012 season. He then re-tore his right ACL on Feb. 16 during spring training workouts and is expected to miss the entire 2013 season. 

With Corey Hart out for the first six weeks of the season, Gamel had another chance to establish himself as an everyday player in the big leagues. Instead he'll have to endure a long rehab process for the second straight season. 

Gamel has played in 106 games over five years with the Brewers, hitting .229 with six home runs and 29 RBI. 

When Prince Fielder signed with Detroit, Gamel was given the job after hitting .310 with 28 home runs and 96 RBI at Triple-A in 2011. He played in 21 games at first base in 2012, hitting .246 with one home run and six RBI before his season ended in San Diego.

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