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Aramis Ramirez wasted no time in getting into the swing of things.
After sitting out the first week of spring training games while recovering from colon surgery, the Milwaukee Brewers’ third baseman doubled home three in his first plate appearance this spring against the Kansas City Royals.
Ramirez, 35, hit .283 with 12 home runs and 49 RBI in 92 games last season. He dealt with knee problems for most of the season and spent quite a bit of time on the disabled list. Now that he’s fully healthy, Ramirez hopes to return to 2012 form when he hit .300 with 27 home runs.
Because he has the ability to hit for power and a high average, Ramirez is crucial to Milwaukee’s success in 2014, especially because the Brewers are without a reliable backup at the third base position.