Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez took Minnesota Twins starter Ricky Nolasco deep in Aramis’ return from the 15 day disabled list. Ramirez had been on the disabled list since May 13th with a strained hamstring.
Ramirez hit a three run shot to center field with nobody out in the seventh inning to tie the game at four. Jose Abreu also went deep in his return from the DL. So, what is wrong with Ryan Zimmerman? He is the only recent DL returnee to not go long in his first game back. That said, he did gather as many hits as Ramirez and Abreu combined (2).
The Twins took the lead back in the bottom of the seventh, so Ramirez’s heroics were short lived for Brewers fans.
Ramirez had recorded a groundout and a fly out in his first two at-bats against Nolasco. He flew out in his final at-bat to lead off the ninth against Twins closer Glen Perkins.
The Twins went on to win the game by the score of 6-4, but Brewers fans have to be pleased with Aramis Ramirez’ performance.
What remains to be seen is who will lose at-bats to Ramirez once they move back to National League ballparks. Matt Reynolds has been hitting for power while manning the hot corner. Lyle Overbay was a serviceable option at first base with Aramis down. It seems a bit ridiculous to go back to a straight platoon since Reynolds is averaging a homer every three games over the last two weeks.
With the recent performances of hitters off of DL stint, we may see teams put slumping players on the DL just to get them going!