Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez will be placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring before Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to a report, and the Brewers are working on how to make the roster moves to fill his place on the roster.
For Sunday’s series finale against the New York Yankees, the Brewers are going with 24 players, with Mark Reynolds starting at third base and batting fifth.
The issue with Ramirez’s placement on the disabled list, according to MLB.com, is the impending return of right fielder Ryan Braun from the disabled list. Braun has been out since April 26 with a strained oblique muscle.
The Brewers would like to send Braun out for a quick rehabilitation assignment so he can get some swings against live pitching before he is activated. But travel concerns and possible weather issues could throw a monkey wrench into those plans.
If the Brewers want Braun to take Ramirez’s spot on the roster Tuesday, the choices for a quickie rehab assignment Monday for Braun are limited.
The Brewers are off Monday and open a series at Miller Park with the Pirates on Tuesday. Low-A Wisconsin plays at home in Appleton on Monday, but there is a chance the game could be washed out by rain. Triple-A Nashville plays in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday night. Double-A Huntsville is playing at Chattanooga, Tenn., and High-A Brevard County is at home … but is in Brevard County, Fla.
If the travel arrangements to get Braun to a rehab assignments can’t be worked out, there is a possibility the Brewers will activate Braun on Tuesday anyway.
“Yeah, if that’s what if comes down to, that’s what we talked about,” manager Ron Roenicke said.
If Braun—who has been careful not to lock into any predictions about Tuesday—can’t go, the Crew would recall utility man Elian Herrera from Nashville.
A lineup without Braun and Ramirez is uncomfortably familiar—last year, the Brewers played 101 games without Braun and 70 without Ramirez because of injuries and Braun’s suspension.
Milwaukee entered Sunday’s game with a 23-14 record and a five-game lead over the Cardinals in the National League Central.