Good news on Ramirez, Gallardo

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke just offered positive reports on two Brewers dealing with injuries:

— An MRI scan of third baseman Aramis Ramirez’s left knee came back negative, meaning there is no structural damage in the joint. But he will have to miss some time, Roenicke said. Ramirez was hurt sliding into second base on Saturday.

“The MRI was good. It showed what we thought it was,” said Roenicke, alternatively describing it as a strain and a sprain.  “But it won’t probably be day-to-day. He’s pretty sore today, so whether it’s a week or a little more than that, that’s probably what we’re looking at.”

This qualified as good news, Roenicke said.

“I think so, and he was really happy,” he said. “I saw him before he left, and he was concerned.”

Yovani Gallardo, dealing with a right groin strain since his last start, threw a successful bullpen session on Sunday morning. So he is still on track to pitch for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

But here’s where it gets a bit complicated.

The Brewers want to see Gallardo start and pitch one inning for them on Tuesday in an exhibition against Team Canada. But GM Doug Melvin and assistant GM Gord Ash informed Roenicke on Sunday afternoon that Classic rules dictate a player cannot return to his Major League team after joining his Classic team, and Mexico had a players’ meeting scheduled for Sunday night.

“The rules are that if he shows up to the meeting that they have, he cannot come back with us,” Roenicke said. “He cannot come back to get treated, he can’t come back to pitch an inning on Tuesday for us. So I need to have a discussion with ‘Yo’ to see what he wants to do. They have a game on Tuesday night [an exhibition against the D-backs], so if he would rather pitch that inning for them, then we’ll do that. …

“His bullpen was good today. We would rather have him with us, but I get that he would want to be with them because [otherwise] he is going to miss out on some stuff, some fundamentals that they do tomorrow. I get it.”


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