Brewers activate Aramis Ramirez from the disabled list

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Two weeks after talking about how his recovery from knee problems wasn’t going as well as he hoped Aramis Ramirez is off the disabled list and back in the Brewers’ lineup for tonight’s game.

Ramirez has played just 54 of a possible 118 games while hitting .271 with five homers and a .773 OPS that ranks as his second-worst since 2003. And he’s been on the disabled list since July 6.

Even if Ramirez plays well right away it seems unlikely that the Brewers will be able to find a taker for him before the August 31 trade deadline, because in addition to being a 36-year-old with a bum knee and declining production he’s also owed $16 million for next season.