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Aramis Ramirez sits out fifth straight game with quad strain

Jun 7, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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Aramis Ramirez went through pregame drills today in the hopes of returning to the Brewers’ lineup, but instead he’ll sit out a fifth consecutive game with a strained quadriceps muscle.

Cody Ransom is starting at third base in Ramirez’s absence and manager Ron Roenicke has juggled the batting order to get Corey Hart into the cleanup spot behind Ryan Braun.

The injury is rough timing for Ramirez, who’d bounced back from an awful start to the season to hit .290 with three homers, 10 doubles, and an .885 OPS in his last 25 games.

  1. derklempner - Jun 8, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    Being a Cubs fan first and a Brewers fan second, I hate to say “I told you so”, but the Brewers should have known better.

    In the last two or three seasons, Ramirez has been a slow starter and injured too often to warrant a deal the size he was given by the Brewers for $36 million for three years. Sure, you’ll get a .280 or better avergae, 20+ home runs, and 80+ RBIs, but his defense is still VERY sub-par (the only reason it wasn’t awful after 2003 is because he was throwing to gold-glover Derek Lee) and his lack of hustle running the bases is well-documented. Is that really worthy of $12 million per year?

    In his defense, though, Ramirez was a very good clutch hitter while with the Cubs, so I’m hoping the Brewers can capitalize on that aspect of his game; he needs to earn that money somehow.

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