Initially the Brewers were hoping that Aramis Ramirez would only miss a few days with a sprained left knee suffered over the weekend, but now the third baseman says “it might even be two weeks.”
“It’s still early in spring training so it’s not that big a deal,” Ramirez said, via Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It’s a lot better. The way it felt the other day I thought I would be on crutches right now. I was a little scared. It was pretty sore. I didn’t know what to expect. But everything is coming back good.”
Haudricourt notes that Ramirez had planned to play a ton in spring training in an effort to avoid his usual slow starts, but obviously that’s a moot point now. Sure enough, I looked up his career numbers and Ramirez has a .779 OPS in April and a .782 OPS in May, compared to .860, .884, .914, and .841 from June through September.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.
Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.
The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.