With Ramirez on the DL, who is going to step up for the Brewers? Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Bad luck keeps piling on for the Brewers. After Ryan Braun was a late scratch from Friday’s game with neck stiffness, Aramis Ramirez sprained his left knee (the same one that he hurt during spring training) while trying to stretch a single into a double.
The Brewers placed Ramirez, who started the season on an unusual hot streak, on the 15-day disabled list and promoted OF/IF Josh Prince from Triple-A Nashville to take his place on the 25-man roster.
Prince, 25, batted .251 with seven dingers and 55 RBI in Double-A Huntsville in 2012. But his numbers in the Arizona fall league is what earned him a spot on the 40-man roster. In 25 games, Prince posted a scorching .404 batting average along with ten stolen bases. Although he’s not considered a top prospect, the Brewers believe he has the chance to be the next Jerry Hairston, a star utility player.
Prince has the unique ability of playing both infield and outfield.
With Ramirez out for at least two weeks and Braun ailing from a stiff neck, Prince, along with the rest of the lower tier hitters, must step up and produce. If not, the lossess will start piling up on top of the bad luck.