Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told reporters -- including Tom Haudricourt of The Journal Sentinel -- that the team expects third baseman Aramis Ramirez won't be ready to be activated from the 15-day disabled list when he's eligible to return on Sunday.
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Roenicke believes Ramirez will require additional time as he continues to recover from a knee injury. While the third baseman was able to return from a similar injury in two weeks during spring training, the skipper noted that he's "not coming along as quick as it did" during the exhibition season. Ramirez played catch over the weekend, but the Brewers are still not setting a firm return date.
Rather than have Ramirez get back early only to go out and further damage or reinjure his knee, Roenicke told reporters that they want to hold him back until he's closer to fully recovered. The goal is "to get him to where we're not worried about him doing it again," according to the manager. He added that Milwaukee "can't afford to lose this guy again" for an even longer period of time.
Prior to suffering his injury, Ramirez was off to a hot start for the Brewers, collecting five hits -- including three doubles -- over his first 15 plate appearances. He hit .300/.360/.540 with 50 doubles and 27 home runs over 630 plate appearances last season.