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Friday, May 23, 2014

Brewers Injury Update: Aramis Ramirez won't return when eligible

By on 5/23/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers lost the final game of their series against the Atlanta Braves by the score of 5-4. The loss dropped the Brewers to 28-20, still a game and a half ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central. Matt Garza allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings and Jean Segura had three hits in the losing effort. On the injury front, third baseman Aramis Ramirez, although making progress from his injured left hamstring, will not be ready to return on Monday when eligible to come off the 15-day DL.

As reported by Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel, Ramirez still has to show he can run full-speed, which is what is holding him back from returning on Monday.  Ramirez has done a lot in his rehab and is hopeful there are no more setbacks and he can continue to move forward.
"I haven't taken any ground balls yet. The hitting went good; the throwing went good. But I haven't taken any ground balls. Hopefully, next week I'll be doing that."
Manager Ron Roenicke is anxious to get Ramirez back into the cleanup spot in his lineup. With the injuries the Brewers have had to Ryan Braun, Ramirez, Segura and Carlos Gomez, they are 21st in the league in runs scored and have been led by a pitching staff that is 7th in ERA.

Roenicke appears confident that Ramirez will return soon:
"Hitting doesn't bother (Ramirez) one bit. He's pretty strong there. And the throwing was good. It's the running, when he tries to extend and really go. But I'm happy with where he's at and I think he's happy with where he's at."
Ramirez is batting .252 with five home runs and 21 RBI this season. Ramirez has played for the Pirates, Cubs and Brewers over his 17-year Major League career. He has a career average of .285 with 359 home runs and 1,297 RBI.

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