Aramis Ramirez returns from DL without rehab stint

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As expected Milwaukee activated Aramis Ramirez from the disabled list after the veteran third baseman missed the past four weeks with a sprained left knee.

Ramirez balked at going on a minor-league rehab assignment and the Brewers decided not to make a huge fuss about it, so it’ll be interesting to see how game ready he looks right away. He last played on April 5 and manager Ron Roenicke indicated that he’ll try to limit Ramirez’s playing time initially by removing him in the late innings and not starting him in back-to-back games.

Yuniesky Betancourt has been serving as the Brewers’ starting third baseman with Ramirez out, but now he’ll likely slide across the diamond to see action at first base. I’d normally mock “Yuniesky Betancourt, first baseman” like crazy, but he’s slugging .551 right now and the Brewers have been using Alex Gonzalez there.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.