How will Brewers replace Mat Gamel?

Updated: May 3, 2012, 2:39 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

It was pretty disappointing to see Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Mat Gamel tear the ACL in his right knee running into a non-padded wall at Petco Park this week. Perhaps Gamel wouldn't have had the season I hoped for, which would have been roughly 20 home runs and 80 RBIs, but it was also too early to call the team's decision to give him the first-base job upon the defection of free-agent Prince Fielder a failure. Now we won't know until next spring.

However, the defending NL Central champions have a problem, because I don't think fill-in Travis Ishikawa possesses any semblance of power to be a regular first baseman. Rumors have veteran minor league switch-hitter Brooks Conrad expecting a big league promotion this week as a potential platoon partner for Ishikawa, but that wouldn't inspire much confidence for Brewers fans or fantasy owners in NL-only formats or really deep leagues either. Ishikawa is known for his defense and Conrad has some pop, but the Brewers can do better.