Aramis Ramirez’s knee injury isn’t as bad as it looked on Friday night, but it will still land him on the 15-day disabled list. To replace Ramirez on the roster, the Brewers called up outfielder/utility man Josh Prince.
Ramirez has a sprained right knee, the same one he sprained on a similar play in spring training. His MRI showed no major ligament tears, so the Brewers are hoping two weeks of rest will be enough.
If Saturday’s lineup is any indication, the Brewers will continue to go with Alex Gonzalez at third base, with Yuniesky Betancourt becoming the starting first baseman. Prince has played some shortstop in the past, so he likely becomes the primary backup in the infield. He’s also currently an outfielder, and brings some depth with Ryan Braun also missing time on a day-to-day basis with a neck strain.
Prince has long been a guy the Brewers’ front office has loved, despite a pretty clear lack of results on the field. He’s a career .253/.333/.334 hitter in the minors, starting this season for Nashville 1-for-7 with a walk. He hit over .400 in a small 25-game sample at the offense-heavy Arizona Fall League last year, though, earning him a spot on the 40-man roster over the winter.
The Brewers’ offense was already going to be tested to start the year, with Corey Hart rehabbing from knee surgery. Now, they’ll be without Ramirez for at least two weeks. On top of that, it’s possible they could be without Braun again Sunday, giving them a full weekend (or longer) without their three most potent bats. When Alex Gonzalez is your cleanup hitter two series into the year, things aren’t starting so well.