Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez will return from the disabled list Wednesday and will serve as the team’s designated hitter for the first of its two games against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Ramirez, who has been out since May 10 with a strained hamstring, tested his recovery with a two-game stint at Low-A Wisconsin, where he was 2-for-6 at the plate and played four innings at third base.
MLB.com reported Ramirez’s impending return.
It comes at an opportune time. The Brewers play only three games at home between now and June 23, with 15 of their next 18 games to be played on the road.
Milwaukee, which leads the National League Central by five games over the St. Louis Cardinals, will play two games at Minnesota before heading to Pittsburgh for three over the weekend and to New York for three against the Mets.
After a quick trip home June 13-15 to play the Reds, the Crew will head West for seven games—four at Arizona and three at Colorado. But the Brewers have been consistent so far this year.
Milwaukee is 19-13 at Miller Park and 16-11 away from home after going 37-44 at home and on the road in 2013.
The Brewers haven’t had a winning record away from Miller Park since going 41-40 en route to winning the National League wild card in 2008.
Ramirez has played in 34 games this season, hitting .252/.309/.390 with five homers and 21 RBI.
To make room on the roster for Ramirez, the Brewers optioned utility man Elian Herrera to Triple-A Nashville.
INF/OF Elian Herrera optioned to Triple-A @nashvillesounds. 3B Aramis Ramirez expected to come off the DL tomorrow.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 4, 2014
Herrera is hitting .226/.241/.264 with two doubles in 24 games and 55 plate appearances with the Brewers this season and has struck out 21 times.
This was his second stint with the big club this season. He was recalled from the Sounds on May 13 when Ramirez was placed on the DL. Herrera was 6-for-26 (.231) with two doubles and 14 strikeouts in his latest taste of the majors.