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Aramis returns to lineup after extended absence

Aramis returns to lineup after extended absence

PHOENIX -- Third baseman Aramis Ramirez grounded into a double play and reached on an infield single against the Indians Friday, a successful return to the lineup after missing just shy of two weeks with a sprained right knee.

"My speed is back," Ramirez joked. "I got an infield hit -- I'm flying again."

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Ramirez said he planned to start again on Saturday against the Reds before taking Sunday off, then would compile as many at-bats as possible in the remaining 13 days of Spring Training.

"We don't have that much time left right now," Ramirez said. "I expect everything to be normal."

Shortstop Jeff Bianchi, sidelined during the same span by a groin strain, could be next. He was expected to be a full participant in the Brewers' Friday morning workout, and Roenicke said Bianchi could return to action for Saturday's game against the Reds.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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