Manager Ron Roenicke said he was optimistic that the cortisone injection will help Ramirez to play pain-free from now on, and added he's hopeful that Ramirez will be available on Saturday.
"He's been fighting this thing for a while and it doesn't look like it's going to go away," Roenicke said. "I've tried to give him a day off and it doesn't seem to completely get rid of it. Hopefully he won't have to deal with this the rest of the year."
Ramirez is second on the team with 67 RBIs, and his .291 average and 13 homers are both third-best, as well. Considering how valuable Ramirez's bat has been, Roenicke has no qualms with sitting Ramirez for a day or two in order to keep his third baseman healthy for the future.
"He's really swinging the bat well," Roenicke said. "But I kind of like doing it because I don't want him to fight this thing the rest of the year."