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.

Braves sign David Hernandez

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Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.

Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.

Dave Roberts: It “doesn’t make sense” for Scott Kazmir to start year in Dodgers’ rotation

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Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.

Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.

Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.