First baseman Mat Gamel was claimed off waivers on Thursday by the Chicago Cubs. Gamel hasn’t played since May 2012 because of a pair of ACL tears.
The Milwaukee Brewers placed Gamel and Taylor Green on waivers on Wednesday after they both sat out the entire 2013 season because of injury. Green cleared waivers and was assigned to Class AAA Nashville. Green could stay with the Brewers organization or leave in free agency.
Gamel was the Brewers starting first baseman in 2012 when he tore the ACL in his right knee chasing a foul pop in San Diego. He was expected to return in 2013, but tore the same ACL early in spring training this year, undergoing another season ending surgery.