Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun took to the field for the first time on Tuesday since being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a thumb injury. The Brewers decided that he handled himself well while taking batting practice over the weekend, which is why they activated him off the disabled list on Monday. Meanwhile, third baseman Aramis Ramirez will not be playing prior to the All-Star break as the organization is determined to get him 100 percent. It is clear that the only way the Brewers will be able to get out of the cellar of the National League Central division is if their two sluggers are healthy.
“With everybody healthy, we’re a good team,” manager Ron Roenicke said, according to Brewers.com. “With the injuries that we have, we still feel like we should be playing a lot better baseball than we have been. The consistency is all over the place. From game to game, we don’t know how to play.”
If Milwaukee wants any shot of making a run at the second Wild Card spot in the National League, they will have to run like a well-oiled machine once the Midsummer Classic concludes. With that being said, the players who are healthy will have to work hard to take as many games as possible from the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend to give the Brewers a fighting chance once they get to full strength.
After Braun went 1-for-3 in Tuesday’s win, Milwaukee was hoping to get him in for a few innings in each game during the weekend series. However, Roenicke will have to wait to put him in the lineup until after the All-Star break due to Braun being placed on the bereavement list. Meanwhile, Ramirez will not see action until after the break, as he will be spending time on the 15-day disabled list.