MILWAUKEE -- Mat Gamel came away from his first-ever home-plate collision with a sore left shoulder and an unwanted day off.
Both Gamel and Astros catcher Jason Castro were out of the starting lineups Tuesday, but it appears Gamel got the worst of their collision in the sixth inning of Monday's Brewers' win. Gamel tagged from third base and tried to score on a foul pop to Astros first baseman Carlos Lee, who made a perfect throw that beat Gamel home. Castro had the plate blocked, so Gamel lowered his right shoulder. Castro held on for the inning-ending out.
Gamel underwent precautionary X-rays after the game to ensure the shoulder -- on his non-throwing side -- was not separated. It was only bruised.
"We're on our own on that play," he said after watching a replay on Tuesday afternoon. "Lee's catch, throw, everything was perfect. If he's off even a little bit there, then that's the difference in the play at the plate. I probably don't even have to take the guy out. But, hey, it was perfect all the way around on their part."
Gamel made sure Castro was not hurt before returning to the dugout. Castro reiterated on Tuesday that he had no ill will, but Astros manager Brad Mills had a different view of the play.
"My first thought, he must have had the plate blocked, and then I found out he didn't have the plate blocked and I said, 'C'mon, man,'" Mills said.
"I never want to hurt somebody," Gamel said. "That's never the goal. It's just playing the game hard."
Gamel was not sure if he would miss more than Tuesday's game. Manager Ron Roenicke hopes to have Gamel back; he's been one of the Brewers' most productive hitters so far, with a .281 average and six RBIs.
"It's nice that they play hard," Roenicke said. "But a little slide would have been nice, too."