Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is a critical piece to the puzzle if the team wants to be successful in 2013. That means they cannot afford for him to miss any significant time with injuries. Unfortunately, it appears that is exactly what is going to happen over the next week.
Ramirez strained his left knee after a bad slide into second base last Saturday in an exhibition game against the Los Angeles Angels and did not look pleased as he walked to the clubhouse with one of the team’s trainers.
“When he slid into the bag, the impact,” manager Ron Roenicke told JSOnline.com last week. “They checked it out and they don’t think there’s any damage anywhere, but it’s day-to-day, and that usually ends up being more than just a day.”
Roenicke could have not been more right. Ramirez will miss seven to 10 days that could more likely turn into two weeks due to the knee injury. This is not good considering the slugger usually takes a while to get going in the regular season, and any time he misses in Spring Training will only delay that.
Ramirez understands the injury could have been a lot worse and is thankful that he is able to at least walk around under his own power.
“It might even be two weeks but it’s still early in spring training so it’s not that big a deal,” he explained to JSOnline. “It’s a lot better. The way it felt the other day, I thought I would be on crutches right now. I was a little scared. It was pretty sore. I didn’t know what to expect. But everything is coming back good.”
The good news is the Brewers still have plenty of Spring Training left to get the 34-year old some quality at-bats before the start of the regular season. However, they do not want to rush him back to quickly because they cannot afford to lose another top offensive asset for the beginning of the regular season.