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Gatewood's MRI results show bruised knee

Test allays Brewers' fear that No. 5 prospect had torn ligaments
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CHICAGO -- The Brewers received relatively good news Friday after an MRI scan of No. 5 prospect Jake Gatewood's right knee revealed no torn ligaments, as had been feared after an injury scare earlier in the week.

Gatewood was injured while playing shortstop for Class A Wisconsin on Wednesday, when he ranged for a ground ball to his backhand side. When he tried to plant to throw, his knee buckled. Gatewood was in Milwaukee on Friday for the MRI, and he was diagnosed with only a bruise. He will be sidelined for several weeks, according to assistant general manager Gord Ash, who suggested the Brewers would seek a more definitive timetable next week.

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CHICAGO -- The Brewers received relatively good news Friday after an MRI scan of No. 5 prospect Jake Gatewood's right knee revealed no torn ligaments, as had been feared after an injury scare earlier in the week.

Gatewood was injured while playing shortstop for Class A Wisconsin on Wednesday, when he ranged for a ground ball to his backhand side. When he tried to plant to throw, his knee buckled. Gatewood was in Milwaukee on Friday for the MRI, and he was diagnosed with only a bruise. He will be sidelined for several weeks, according to assistant general manager Gord Ash, who suggested the Brewers would seek a more definitive timetable next week.

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It could have been worse.

"Very unfortunate," Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson said Thursday on the team's radio pregame show. "[Gatewood is] a young, exciting prospect of ours, and has really played well on the defensive side of things the last couple weeks. … We tried to do some ACL testing on it, and he was guarding it."

The 6-foot-5 Gatewood was drafted 41st overall in last year's First-Year Player Draft. The 19-year-old is off to a slow start at the plate, batting .179 with one home run and four RBIs in his first 18 games for Wisconsin.

The Timber Rattlers are also without outfielder Brandon Diaz, who dislocated his right pinkie finger this week diving back to second base. He is on the seven-day disabled list.

"We're going to have to shuffle our personnel a little bit," Erickson said, "and guys are going to have to be versatile and play some other positions."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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