PEORIA, Ariz. -- Khris Davis considers his home-run power a "secret weapon."
After the blast he launched in Tuesday's exhibition against Team Canada at Maryvale Baseball Park, it's safe to say the secret is out.
Davis, in his first major-league camp with the Milwaukee Brewers, hit a tape-measure shot in the seventh inning off a hanging curveball from Andrew Albers that sailed over the wall in left-center, over a concrete walkway at the top of the berm and landed at the base of the flagpoles.
And the scary thing is, Davis says that isn't the longest homer he's hit on that field.
"Last year I hit one that (minor-league coach) Tony Diggs said went out of the stadium," Davis said, referring to a rehab assignment he was on during the season. "It was more toward left, and I think it cleared the second fence. That was what I heard. I never watch them."
To look at the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Davis, one wouldn't peg him as a power hitter. Yet since the Brewers made him a seventh-round pick out of Cal State-Fullerton in 2009, he has hit 56 homers while rising as high as Class AAA Nashville last season.
Davis established himself as a power threat in 2010, when he hit 22 homers and drove in 72 runs in 2010 at Class A Wisconsin. He hit 15 at high Class A Brevard to open the 2011 season and 12 in 76 games between Class AA Huntsville and Nashville in an injury-plagued 2012 season that saw him miss time with calf and oblique issues.
"Me being kind of small, no one looks at me and is like, 'Oh, this dude's got power,' " he said. "I do, but it's kind of a secret. I consider myself a good hitter with power. I can sneak one."
His 2012 highlight was a five-game homer streak at Huntsville that earned him Southern League player of the week honors before his call-up to Nashville.
"You hear athletes talk about being in the zone? That's what it was, really," said Davis, a career .294 hitter in the minors. "I ain't even going to lie. I was in the zone. You're just thankful for it, as long as it lasts."
Davis remained in his power zone Wednesday. Getting the start at designated hitter and hitting cleanup, Davis hit another towering homer in his second at-bat, a two-run shot in the third inning off Seattle Mariners starter Blake Beavan that gave the Brewers a 3-0 lead.
It was Davis' second homer of the spring -- the Tuesday shot didn't count in the Cactus League standings -- and he's sure to get plenty more opportunities to try for more over the next few weeks with a number of players (Ryan Braun included) in the World Baseball Classic.
In another situation, Davis might well be getting himself into the discussion for the opening-day roster if he continues to hit. But the presence of Braun all but precludes that from happening, because at this point Davis is being viewed by the Brewers as strictly a leftfielder.
"He's been good. He's got decent range, runs OK," said manager Ron Roenicke . "I'm very confident that he's going to catch the balls. I know his throwing arm is the one part that we've been working on, and I think it's getting better. But that's going to prevent him from playing the other positions."
Davis, who said he experimented a little in right field and at first base last year, has vowed not to waste time worrying about factors he can't control.
"I'm going in with the mentality that I'm trying to learn something new every day," he said. "If I can take something, just one thing, that all these dudes in here bring to the table, I'm good with that. I really believe the game decides when I make it.
"I know I'm going to make it. But I just feel like the timing in the game decides that, through hard work."
Gamel surgery set: First baseman Mat Gamel will have surgery Friday to repair a torn ACL in his right knee for the second time in less than a year.
The surgery will be performed by orthopedic surgeon Gary Waslewski in Scottsdale, Ariz., and he will be assisted by Brewers physician William Raasch .
Gamel originally tore his ACL early last May in a game in San Diego. He underwent surgery by Raasch and missed the rest of the season. But the repaired ACL tore again in the Brewers' first full-squad workout this spring, knocking him out for all of 2013.
Gamel received a second opinion on the knee, then chose Waslewski to do the surgery. Waslewski is the team physician for the Arizona Cardinals as well as the Phoenix Coyotes.
"He was recommended by a bunch of doctors," said Gamel. "I'm ready to get it over with and get going with it."
Gamel will remain in the Phoenix area after the surgery to do his physical rehab with the team's medical staff.
Gallardo passes test: Roenicke said right-hander Yovani Gallardo passed his test Tuesday night and will continue pitching for Mexico in the WBC.
Gallardo, who had been bothered by a groin strain, pitched one inning for Mexico in an exhibition game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He walked two and struck out three and, most important, emerged without any health problems.
Brewers pitching coach Rick Kranitz attended that game and talked with Gallardo afterward.
"He talked to 'Kranny' after the game and (said) he didn't feel anything," Roenicke said. "We just needed him to go after it and see if there's anything there. Hopefully, it won't flare up again."
Off to a bad start: Reliever Michael Gonzalez had a rough first spring outing against Team Canada. Gonzalez allowed three hits, two walks and four runs in one inning, leaving Roenicke a bit stumped.
This is Gonzalez's first spring with the Brewers so Roenicke wasn't sure if he was a slow starter. The soothing part is Gonzalez's track record in the major leagues, but Roenicke would like to see progress soon.
"Either stuff or command, one or the other, would be nice to see," said Roenicke. "Rick's plan with he and (Tom ) Gorzelanny was they didn't need to pitch early. We have a long ways to go. Let's take them along slow.
"We were pretty comfortable when we got him that he was going to be consistent with what we've expected. If you watch what you've seen so far, it's hard to feel he's going to get to that guy. It's so early that I'm not concerned right now. If this goes on for a long time, I will be concerned.
"He needs to make an impression going into the season because we've got to figure out what innings he's going to pitch and how exactly we're going to use him. I've got an idea how I'd like to use him, but I still need to see that kind of stuff that he's had the last few years."
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