Bianchi out of Classic; Ramirez out a week or two
Morning notes from Maryvale Baseball Park:
— It came as a surprise to see infielder Jeff Bianchi at Maryvale Baseball Park on Tuesday. He was supposed to be with Italy’s World Baseball Classic entry, but said he withdrew Saturday because of tightness in his left groin.
Was he bummed out?
“Absolutely,” Bianchi said. “I was looking forward to it, but it’s one of those things that happens. Right now, I’m just treating it and getting it better. I would rather be with these guys and getting my work done here. … You can’t stress or dwell over it.”
— With Bianchi out, the Brewers are down to 12 players in the tournament, and that’s assuming Yovani Gallardo pitches for Mexico. Gallardo was originally scheduled to pitch for the Brewers on Tuesday, a final test of the right groin strain that gave him trouble last week. But that would have prevented Gallardo from joining Team Mexico for a players’ meeting on Sunday and a workout on Monday, so Gallardo instead left the Brewers and will pitch Tuesday night in an exhibition against the D-backs. The one-inning outing will determine his status for the Classic.
— Aramis Ramirez was happy about the results of his MRI scan on Sunday, which showed no major structural damage in his sprained left knee. But he does not expect to play for the Brewers anytime soon.
“A week maybe? Ten days? Two weeks? I don’t know,” he said. “We’re still in Spring Training, so I guess it’s not that big of a deal.”
The MRI results qualified as very good news. Before that result, Ramirez admitted, “I was scared a little bit.”
“I didn’t know what to expect because I was really hurt,” Ramirez said. “After we got the MRI, we now know what we’re dealing with, and I guess it’s not that big of a deal. We’ve got two weeks to go. … It’s a lot better. Two days ago, I was on crutches.”
Even if he misses two weeks, Ramirez will have about two weeks of Spring Training games to get ready for the Brewers’ April 1 season opener. So much for his plan to increase his spring workload to avoid the sort of slow start he endured last season.
“It didn’t work,” said Ramirez, who was 0-for-10 before legging out the bloop double on which he was injured.
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