Brewer Daily News for July 20th: Ramirez’s rehab, Crew blanks Marlins
Good morning everyone and welcome to the Saturday edition of Brewer Daily News. Even though he’s eligible to come back off of the disabled list Monday, Milwaukee Brewers’ third baseman Aramis Ramirez is on the side of caution. Secondly, the Brewers (39-56) beat the Miami Marlins (35-59) last night.
Aramis Ramirez hasn’t really had much playing time due to his left knee. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Ramirez, 34, was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to the All-Star break and is eligible to return on Monday. However, Ramirez is playing it cautious this time as his left knee has been giving him problems all season. Currently he is on his second trip to the DL this season.
"“I really have to make sure that I’m healthy enough to play when I come back,” Ramirez said. “I won’t try to be a hero. I won’t go out there if I’m not healthy enough, because I won’t help the team, I won’t help myself by doing that.” – via Brewers.com"
The rumor flying around before his second trip to the DL was that Ramirez would be traded before the deadline, but it’s unknown if there are any suitors. This season, Ramirez is hitting .271/.359/.414 with five homers, 26 RBIs and has scored 21 runs.
Yesterday the Brewers shutout the Marlins 2-0. Kyle Lohse started for Milwaukee and was impressive, picking up his sixth win this season. Lohse pitched six innings and didn’t allow a run, but gave up five hits and struck out five. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth to acquire his 10th save of the year.
For the Marlins, Justin Turner took the hill and didn’t do terrible, but was given his second loss on the year. Turner lasted five innings while giving up two runs, five hits, four walks and struck out six.
The Brewers’ offense was supplied by two solo home runs, one from Juan Francisco in the fourth inning and another from Carlos Gomez in the fifth inning. Jean Segura stole two bases, bringing his season total up to 29 while Jonathan Lucroy and Rickie Weeks also stole one base a piece.
Tonight the Brewers square off against the Marlins in game two of the series at 7:10 p.m. ET / 6:10 p.m. CT. The projected starters are Nathan Eovaldi (2-0, 2.93 ERA) for Miami and Yovani Gallardo (7-8, 4.83 ERA) for Milwaukee.