MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is scheduled to play Sunday and Monday for Class-A Wisconsin in a minor-league rehab assignment.
Ramirez is hopeful to then return to Milwaukee’s lineup when the Brewers begin an eight-game road trip in Minnesota next Wednesday. The Timber Rattlers host Quad Cities in afternoon games Sunday and Monday at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisc.
"I haven’t been in the minors for a little while," Ramirez said. "I just want to get some work in and hopefully be ready to go."
Ramirez was unsure of how much he’d play in the two games but guessed he’d go roughly five or six innings Sunday and a bit further than that Monday. The veteran third baseman has been out since May 11 with a strained left hamstring.
He ran the bases prior to Friday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs and went through the full team workout. Ramirez plans to do the same Saturday before playing Sunday.
Milwaukee’s offense has hit its stride in the past few weeks, and the top four of Jean Segura, Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez has worked well. While getting Ramirez back will certainly help the offense, manager Ron Roenicke said it’s not guaranteed he’d slide back into the cleanup spot.
"We’ll see how it goes," Roenicke said. "I’ve already had that conversation with him, and he’s fine with whatever.
"As long as we’re swinging like we are, we’ll just let it ride out. I’m hoping things don’t quiet down, but if they do then we’ll start to slot people where we think they should be."
This will be the third minor-league rehab assignment of Ramirez’s career, as he played three games with Class-A Peoria in 2009 and two games with the same Cubs affiliate in 2010. Ramirez did not go on a rehab assignment when working his way back from his knee injuries last season.
He obliged to the Brewers’ wishes this time around and is looking forward to testing the hamstring in a game setting. With two games in Minnesota next week, Ramirez could serve as Milwaukee’s designated hitter and ease his way back into the mix.
"I won’t know that until Sunday," Ramirez said when asked if he feels ready to return. "Practice is one thing but when you play it is different. I’ll have a better idea after Sunday, but I expect everything to go well."