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.
Thursday is September 1, which means rosters expand. As a result, the Nationals plan to promote pitcher Mat Latos to the major league roster, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Latos had an opt-out clause for Monday, but after discussing the matter with the team, he agreed to stay at Triple-A Syracuse until Thursday.
Latos, 28, put up a 4.62 ERA over 11 starts with the White Sox before being released in mid-June. Nearly two weeks later, he signed a minor league contract with the Nationals.
In the Nationals’ minor league system, Latos has made three starts for the club’s Gulf Coast League team as well as three for Syracuse. In aggregate, the right-hander has yielded six runs (four earned) on 20 hits and 10 walks with 28 strikeouts in 28 innings.
Latos will likely pitch out of a long relief role for the Nationals and can be used as starting rotation insurance as well.
Mark Buehrle hasn’t officially retired, but he hasn’t thrown a pitch in professional baseball since last October. Still, the Blue Jays wouldn’t mind having some insurance, so manager John Gibbons recently texted Buehrle, “You know, rosters expand in September,” Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.
Buehrle’s response? He texted back a picture of a lake. Sounds like he’s not interested in making a return, at least this year.
Last year, at the age of 36, Buehrle went 15-8 with a 3.81 ERA with a 91/33 K/BB ratio in 198 2/3 innings while leading the league with four complete games. He fell 1 1/3 innings shy of a 15th consecutive 200-inning season. There are many worse ways to end a career.