The Milwaukee Brewers have more to worry about than the horrid 1-4 start that they have gotten off to in the early parts of the 2013 MLB season. Their top-two hitters, outfielder Ryan Braun and third baseman Aramis Ramirez are both ailing.
The minor injury belongs to star Ryan Braun, who is rated as the second best fantasy baseball player at the moment by FFLockerRoom’s Jonathan Stulberg. Braun, who has a kinked neck, is expected to miss a few games and is day-to-day. Things are not as rosy on the Ramirez front though.
Ramirez, suffering from a left knee sprain, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday and is expected to miss a minimum of two weeks. The injury, very similar to what he had suffered a little over a month ago, took him two weeks to get on the playing field last time. Considering that he is in his mid-30’s and it looks like an aggravation of a previous injury, don’t be surprised if it takes a tad longer than what it did last time to get him back in a uniform and onto the field.
Without their two big guns, Milwaukee’s already average offense becomes pretty anemic.
As for your fantasy baseball teams, Braun’s availability for next week remains up in the air. If you are hurting at third base, playing Braun in hopes of getting four games out of him may be the way to go. But if you have another solid hitter to plug in, you may want to consider it for a 1-week stay.
Ramirez on the other hand is out at least two weeks, and with this being a reaggravation, or at least what it looks to be like one, his future is a tad more cloudy. While he should be back on the field within the next 2-3 weeks, he did not seem so chipper when talking to reporters. Considering his age and position, the Brewers will make sure he is ready to go before throwing him back out to the wolves. Don’t be surprised if this injury lasts into May. Call it a gut feeling.