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.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.