MILWAUKEE -- Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez sat out Sunday's series finale against the Nationals with a sore left wrist that has bothered him "for a while" but has not seemed to affect his doubles stroke.
Ramirez hit his 35th double in Saturday's 4-1 loss, inching closer to the Brewers' single-season record of 53 doubles set by Lyle Overbay in 2004. Ramirez is currently on pace for 57 doubles and is batting .286 with 12 home runs and 61 RBIs in his first season with Milwaukee.
"I'm fine," Ramirez said on Sunday. "I could use a day, but I've been playing with it for a while now. We agreed the first day of the series that [manager Ron Roenicke] was going to give me Sunday. It's been going on for a while, but I'm good enough to go out there and play. I'm sure there's a lot of guys in here who are not 100 percent, and I'm no exception."
Ramirez says the issue does not bother him on every swing but flares up from time to time. He also dismissed the notion that the injury has sapped his previously clockwork power.
In each of his last four full seasons -- he was limited in 2009 by a right shoulder injury -- Ramirez has hit 17 or 18 home runs through his first 93 games and finished with 25-27 homers. This season, Ramirez has 12 home runs through his first 93 games, even though he played early-season home affairs at climate-controlled Miller Park instead of windy Wrigley Field.
"We need to keep this guy healthy and swinging well," Roenicke said. "He's driving the ball to all parts of the park. He's wearing out the right-center-field wall. He's hit that I don't know how many times. The extra-base hits are really important, whether they're homers or whether they're doubles. I think they're really important for a third, fourth hitter. You come up with guys on base and those score everybody."