A pair of Brewers recovering from major injuries were given a good prognosis from team doctors Sunday in physicals that took place prior to Brewers On Deck. First baseman Mat Gamel and left-hander Chris Narveson both were examined by team physician Dr. William Raasch and the outlook is positive for both to head into spring training with no restrictions. Gamel – recovering from a torn ACL suffered May 1 of last season in San Diego – will get a chance to win back his starting first baseman's job while Corey Hart recovers from knee surgery. "The only thing Gamel hasn't done yet is get on a field and play," Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "In terms of his health, he's ready to go." The Brewers will limit the running Gamel does during spring training just to be careful, but he won't be limited in drill work. The original plan was to work Gamel in the outfield and at third base during spring training, but Hart's injury forces plans to change slightly. While Gamel will still get time in the outfield and at third base this spring, his time will mostly be spent at first base. "Gamel still needs to play some outfield and he still needs to play some third because when Corey comes back, Corey is going to be our first baseman," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "We need to look at some other guys." Recovering from a torn rotator cuff, Narveson feels ready to compete for a spot in Milwaukee rotation. "It feels brand new," Narveson said. "It's been amazing. When you have surgery, sometimes you try to trick yourself and say, 'Hey, I feel better than what I really do.' But I can honestly say that I don't feel that now. I feel 100 percent."
Brewers' Gamel showing signs of progress
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