NEW YORK -- Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez will undergo surgery Thursday to repair the torn ligament in his right knee, a procedure likely to end his first season with Milwaukee.Gonzalez tore his ACL sliding into second base on May 6 and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. An MRI scan two days later confirmed the tear, but doctors had to wait until swelling in the knee subsided before scheduling surgery. Dr. William Raasch, the Brewers' head physician, will perform the surgery in Milwaukee. The injury ruined a promising start for Gonzalez, 35, who will not have an opportunity to vest a $4 million option for 2013. Gonzalez would have needed 525 plate appearances. But the Brewers could exercise the option if they choose. The team's other injured starting position player, first baseman Mat Gamel, remains in a holding pattern. He tore his right ACL during the same road trip. Gamel was hurt on May 1, and the damage is so significant that a surgery date has yet to be set. Assistant general manager Gord Ash said Gamel also has damage to his MCL that will heal without surgery, and some bone bruising that may be causing the continued swelling. "While it's in the initial stages if healing, it's too delicate to do the surgery on it," Ash said.
Brewers expect Weeks in lineup on Tuesday
NEW YORK -- The Brewers expect to have second baseman Rickie Weeks back in the lineup on Tuesday, and manager Ron Roenicke said he'll probably return to the second spot in the order.Roenicke said things could change on both counts before Tuesday night, when the Brewers and Mets are scheduled to play the finale of their brief two-game series. But Weeks has made significant progress since he was struck on the left hand by a pitch in Friday's win over the Cubs at Miller Park. X-rays taken after that game revealed no broken bones, but swelling has kept Weeks out of the lineup for three straight games. "He probably wanted to play today, but he's not 100 percent," Roenicke said. "He may not be 100 percent [on Tuesday], but he's going to be pretty close. I thought one more day, just talking with [head athletic trainer] Dan Wright, is a better way to do it." The Brewers are hoping Weeks finds his swing after a few days off. The National League's starting second baseman in last year's All-Star Game entered the week batting .158 with 41 strikeouts, tied with Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa for most in the NL. "[Weeks is] a little different than anybody else. I don't know that a mental break helps him that much," Roenicke said. "For me, sometimes I think it helps. But I don't think when he sits, he kind of relaxes and enjoys the ballgame. I think he thinks the whole time, 'If I was out there, I could be getting my swing back.' I think that's just his mentality, to be out there and grind through everything."
Weeks was supposed to take batting practice on the field Monday, but rain forced both teams to the indoor batting cages.
Braun staying mum about off-field situation
NEW YORK -- Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun declined to comment Monday about two off-the-field matters related to his successful appeal of a suspension during the offseason.Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced Monday they had mutually agreed to rescind Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo's 100-game suspension for a banned substance, saying in a statement that, "Alfonzo's grievance challenging his suspension raised issues that were nearly identical to those resolved in the Arbitration involving Ryan Braun." That announcement came a few hours after The Associated Press reported that MLB had fired Shayam Das, the independent arbitrator who cast the deciding vote on a three-man panel that sustained Braun's appeal. "I know nothing about the situation, so it's not for me to comment," Braun said. Das had been the league's permanent arbitrator since 1999.
Class A Wisconsin right-hander Andy Moye was named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week after working 10 scoreless innings in one start and one relief appearance. He allowed only four hits. The Brewers drafted Moye in the 15th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. While the Brewers are swinging bats in New York and Houston, their wives will be swinging hammers back home, as volunteers for the Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity 2012 Build-A-Thon. Brewers Community Foundation is the presenting sponsor of the five-day event and teamed with Ryan Braun to make a $50,000 donation toward construction of Marquitta Smith's new home in the city's Amani neighborhood. "It is so gratifying to be able to spend the day building right alongside Marquitta. All of the new homeowners are working so hard for this opportunity," said Ellen Melvin, wife of Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. "It's truly an honor for all of us to be a part of the event and the result -- a rejuvenated Milwaukee neighborhood."