Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez returns from back injury

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Aramis Ramirez is starting at third base and batting fifth for the Brewers tonight, returning to the lineup after missing six straight games with a back injury.

Ramirez’s overall numbers are ugly this season, which is worrisome at age 37, but he was actually starting to heat up a bit before the injury and raised his OPS by nearly 300 points in two weeks.

In his absence the Brewers turned to Elian Herrera at third base, but the 30-year-old journeyman will return to a bench role.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.