The Milwaukee Brewers have been one of the more pleasant surprises of the 2014 season, but they have largely built their 35-24 record without the services of one of their top offensive options. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez has been on the disabled list for nearly a month after injuring his left hamstring, but Milwaukee will soon be granted a reprieve, as Ramirez will reportedly return to the lineup on Wednesday in Minnesota.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel brings the news:
Third basema Aramis Ramirez has recovered from his strained left hamstring and will return to the Brewers’ lineup Wednesday night in Minnesota. To help ease him back into action, he will serve as the designated hitter in the interleague contest against the Twins.
Ramirez passed the final test in his recovery by playing for Class A Wisconsin on rehab assignment Sunday and Monday. He returned to the club and worked out Tuesday in preparation for his return.
While Ramirez has struggled in his limited time this season (.252/.309/.390 slash line with 5 home runs in 34 games), he is a marked upgrade over what the Brewers have been using at third base. The 35-year-old Ramirez has put together three consecutive seasons with at least a .360 on-base percentage and a .460 slugging percentage between his time with the Chicago Cubs and the Brewers, and if they can get him healthy and keep him healthy, Milwaukee will be in great shape.
Using Ramirez as the designated hitter to get him comfortable is a fantastic idea, and the Brewers are suddenly even scarier offensively.