MLB.com Braves’ reporter Mark Bowman tweeted out that the Atlanta Braves have released utility infielder/outfielder Mat Gamel.
The former Milwaukee Brewer reportedly re-injured his surgically repaired knee while working out before Spring Training. Gamel was supposed to be the replacement first for Prince Fielder and then for Corey Hart in Milwaukee after Hart went down with knee surgery. He started in 2012, but suffered a season ending knee injury after 21 games. When Corey Hart went down prior to 2013, Gamel was supposed to be there, but blew out his knee again in Spring Training.
Gamel, 28, has played in 106 games over five years, mostly as a backup and bench player.