Good morning everyone and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Brewer Daily News. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez has his sights set on a return, possibly soon, from the disabled list. In the second bit of news, the Milwaukee Brewers (14-11) beat the Pittsburgh Pirates (15-12) last night.
Aramis Ramirez will look to expand on his excellent 2012. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Ramirez hopes that Friday will see his return to the line-up. The 34 year-old veteran sprained his left knee in early April and has been on the disabled list since. Ramirez has elected not to go to on a Minor League assignment during his comeback.
"“I think management would always like a guy to go rehab, but a player has a right not to rehab,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “So you work with whatever player it is, you explain things to him, and they have the decision.” – via Brewers.com"
With Ramirez’s bat soon to be in the line-up, the Brewers will possibly bench Yuniesky Betancourt, but with the streak he’s been on, it’s hard to justify that move. The Brewers may go with a platoon of Betancourt and Alex Gonzalez at first base until Corey Hart returns.
Last night, the Brewers beat the Pirates 12-8. Marco Estrada started for the Brew Crew and did not fare well. Estrada only lasted five innings while giving up five runs, seven hits, one walk, but did strike out six. The bullpen would give up a total of three earned runs (two allowed from Burke Badenhop). Tom Gorzelanny would get the win.
The Brewers were outright destroying the ball, racking up a total of 15 hits. Rickie Weeks went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and a three-run homer. Ryan Braun went a notable 3-for-5 with two runs scored and Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy both had two hits a piece.