Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is hoping to forego a minor league rehab assignment and rejoin the team Friday night against the St. Louis Cardinals, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.
Ramirez has been testing his injured left knee recently, and it's shown signs of improvement. The veteran is encouraged that rehab has been going as expected, and he's hoping to rejoin the Brewers' lineup Friday. He'll run the bases again today and assuming all continues to go well he figures to return soon.
Considering Ramirez missed over three weeks due to injury, he would normally be a candidate to spend a stint rehabbing in the minors. However, he's apparently nixed this idea, and manager Ron Roenicke said it's ultimately the player's call.
"I think management would always like a guy to go
rehab, but a player has a right not to rehab," Roenicke said. "So you
work with whatever player it is, you explain things to him, and they have the
Ramirez suffered a similar injury during spring training, but at that point he was only sidelined for two weeks. Since he's again dealing with a knee ailment, Milwaukee wanted to give him more time to recover so as to lessen the threat of Ramirez re-injuring the leg.
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