Medical report: Ramirez, Gallardo, Braun, Crosby
Some quick updates from the Brewers’ clubhouse this morning:
— Aramis Ramirez was moving VERY gingerly as he prepared to leave Maryvale Baseball Park for an MRI scan of his left knee in Chandler, Ariz. Ramirez was hurt when his knee hit the dirt sliding into second base on Saturday.
“I’m not feeling too good right now,” Ramirez said. “I’m going to go and get an MRI and we’ll have a better idea.”
Could this be bad?
“I don’t know,” Ramirez said. “I’ve never had a knee problem before. I don’t know what to expect. It doesn’t feel good right now, but the good thing is it’s not swelling right now. It’s just sore, so that’s good. We’ll see — hopefully it’s OK.
“I talked to [Alex Gonzalez, who tore his ACL last season] yesterday, and it’s not the same thing because he told me his knee swelled up right away, and even the next day it got real big, and mine isn’t. He told me he couldn’t put his pants on, it was so big. [Ramirez’s own injury] is not that bad.”
— Yovani Gallardo was set for a morning bullpen session, his first time throwing off a mound since tweaking his right groin last week against the Mariners. Gallardo said he felt something between the first and second innings of that game; he wound up pitching into the third inning and allowing a pair of home runs.
“It feels better since then — a lot better,” said Gallardo, who has been playing catch for a few days without issue. “I don’t feel a thing right now. We just want to be careful at the start of the spring because there’s no need to go out there and start.”
That’s true for the Brewers’ season, but Gallardo is also committed to Team Mexico for the World Baseball Classic, and had been on line to pitch Friday night against the Americans at Chase Field. So I asked Gallardo for his gut feeling before the bullpen session — will he pitch in the Classic?
“Yeah, I am. I mean, I think I am,” he said. “Unless there’s something crazy that happens today where it goes back to how it was after that game [against the Mariners].”
He added: “If there is [discomfort], it’s something you have to think about a lot more. Going into the WBC, you want to feel 100 percent. I have to make sure it’s right, and I know my body well enough to know how it’s going to react to certain things.”
— Better news on left fielder Ryan Braun, who said he’s fine after fouling a pitch off his left knee on Thursday. Braun sat out Saturday’s game against the Angels as a precaution but said he’d be ready to play all nine innings for Team USA later this week.
“I’ll be good,” Braun said.
— Infielder Bobby Crosby, dealing with a quadriceps strain, said he’s “99.9 percent sure” he will be able to launch his comeback in Tuesday’s exhibition against Team Canada at Maryvale Baseball Park.
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