Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is playing well since his return from the 15-day disabled list. However, he is still unable to play at full strength. The good news is that the slugger will play in his first back-to-back games since being placed on the active roster.
Ramirez suffered a left knee sprain after he slid into second base while stretching a single into a double during Milwaukee’s 3-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 5. He has missed 24 games this season due to the injury, but thankfully, it has not affected his play at the plate yet. However, since Ramirez refused to take some time on a rehab assignment in the minors, it will be a while before he is able to play nine innings consistently again.
“It’s going to take a little bit for him to not be sore the next day, and to play nine [innings every day],” manager Ron Roenicke said, according to Brewers.com. “I don’t know if that’s going to be on the road trip; I don’t know when we’re going to be able to do that.”
The 34-year-old hit his first home run of the 2013 Major League Baseball season in Tuesday night’s 6-3 win against the Texas Rangers. Ramirez will be in the lineup again Wednesday night. It will be the first time since his injury that he will play two games in a row without a day of rest in between. However, just like Tuesday when he was taken out of the game in the top of the eighth inning, do not expect him to play nine innings on Wednesday.
Ramirez is batting .300 (3-for-10) with one RBI in three games since he came back on May 3. Overall, he is batting .348 with one home run, three RBI, three doubles and two runs in 23 at-bats this season.