Ramirez to DL, Braun reinstated

The Brewers made a big roster move Monday, sending Aramis Ramirez to the 15-day disabled list and reinstating Ryan Braun from his month-long DL stint.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke originally said the team would wait to make the move until after Braun’s batting practice session prior to Monday’s game against the Reds, but the team decided to make it official before BP began.

Braun was not in Monday’s starting lineup, but Roenicke said he would be available to pinch hit and he may play Tuesday against the Reds.

“If he’s OK to go, I’ll use him,” Roenicke said. “If he’s able to go tonight, he says use him. I probably won’t put him out there to play, but pinch hit.”

Braun has been on the DL with an inflamed nerve in his right hand since mid-June.

The Brewers were able to backdate Ramirez to Sunday so the third baseman can rest a left knee injury through the All-Star break and return on July 22, missing only Milwaukee’s three-game set with the Marlins after the All-Star festivities.

Roenicke said Ramirez is developing some patellar tendonitis in his left knee.

“That’s starting to bark on him,” Roenicke said. “We were going to go the days in Arizona and probably not play him [in the team’s last series heading into the All-Star break]. We just thought this was a better way to do it.”

Ramirez has played at less than 100 percent nearly the entire season, which has impacted his power numbers and presence in the middle of Milwaukee’s order. He already had a stint on the DL this season, missing 23 games, and Roenicke has been cautious with his playing time since returning in early May.

By Kevin Massoth

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