APPLETON, Wis. — Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez was hitless in two at-bats Sunday against Quad-Cities pitcher Kevin Comer before rain forced the suspension of the River Bandits’ Midwest League game at Wisconsin.
Ramirez, making the first of two scheduled rehab appearances for the Timber Rattlers as he works his way back from strained hamstring, popped out to Chan Moon at second in the first inning and struck out swinging in the third inning.
He exited the game in the top of fifth, shortly before thunderstorms prompted play to be halted with Quad-Cities leading 3-2 with two outs in the fifth inning.
Moon hit his first home run since the 2012 season in the top of the first, a solo shot to center, and the River Bandits scored additional runs on an RBI double by Brett Booth in the second inning and a solo homer by Tyler White in the fourth which broke a 2-2 tie.
The game is scheduled to be resumed at noon today with Wisconsin’s Michael Ratterree on second base. A second seven-inning game will follow.
Ramirez is expected to play against the River Bandits in today’s second game as well in what is the 17-year major-league veteran’s second rehab appearance against Quad-Cities.
He saw action in two 2010 games at Peoria against the River Bandits while playing for the Cubs, going a combined 1-for-6 with two walks in rehab appearances following a thumb injury.
Quad-Cities made a roster move prior to Sunday’s game, promoting infielder Jack Mayfield to high-A Lancaster and activating Austin Elkins from the disabled list. Mayfield hit .265 through 39 games for the River Bandits while Elkins was off to a .273 start in 12 games before being injured.