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With Ryan Braun suspended for the remainder of the season, the Milwaukee Brewers have decidedly less pop in lineup. That will change when Aramis Ramirez returns from the DL. Unfortunately, the progress he is making in his rehab is slow and there is no date set for return.
Adam McCalvy of MLB.com says Ramirez has been making progress, but it has not been as quick as he or the Brewers would have liked. He took batting practice on Monday, but he acknowledges he's got some work to do before he can come back. In fact, Ramirez does not believe he will be 100 percent when he comes back.
"It's probably going to take the offseason for me to get back to where I was. It's not going to happen during the season. But I'm going to try to get as close to 100 percent as I can before I come back. I don't want to be out there playing hurt if I can help it."
Ramirez has been bothered by the knee for most of the season. This current stint on the DL is his second relating to the knee. He has only played in 54 games this season thanks to injury. Ramirez's current stay on the disabled list has been going on since early July. The Brewers are not in contention so his injury does not really impact the team in a meaningful way, but it could have.
Had the Brewers been competing when Braun was suspended, they would have suddenly lost a big part of their offense and would have turned to someone else. That someone else would have been Ramirez. However, Ramirez is hurt. If he can get healthy and come back 100 percent next season (he will still return this year, just not at 100 percent), that's what will be best for the Brewers and Ramirez this season.
Ramirez is a free agent after next season. He signed a three-year deal with the Brewers that is to pay him $36 million. In his 16-year career, Ramirez is a .285/.344/.501 hitter.
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