Aramis Ramirez out again Sunday with bruised elbow

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From Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel comes word that Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is out of the lineup Sunday for a second straight game due to a left elbow contusion.

Ramirez suffered the injury on Friday evening when he was struck in the arm by a pitch. It was the 29th time a Brewers player had been plunked in 2012.

Taylor Green is starting at third base in Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Diamondbacks.

Corey Hart will play first base and Cody Ransom is getting the nod at shortstop.

Ramirez, 33, has hit .238/.310/.402 with three homers and 25 RBI in 43 games this year for Milwaukee.

Khris Davis diagnosed with Grade 1 right groin strain

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Athletics slugger Khris Davis injured his right groin in Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays and an MRI taken Tuesday revealed a Grade 1 strain, per Steve Kroner of the San Francisco Chronicle. He is expected to be placed on the disabled list ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the Mariners and figures to miss around 2-3 weeks.

Davis has put up an .805 OPS (119 OPS+) with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 47 games this season for the A’s, who are two games above .500 (25-23) largely because of their surprisingly consistent offensive production. Oakland is ninth among all MLB teams in runs scored and the club ranks seventh in combined team OPS (.748), behind only the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, Braves, Pirates, and Indians.

It sounds like Franklin Barreto is on his way up from Triple-A Nashville to take Davis’ spot.