"I feel pretty good," Ramirez said. "I can't complain. Everything went according to plan. [The final step] is taking the ground balls and reacting to balls in the field. That's how I hurt it. Running, you can control that a little bit. Playing defense, you just react."
Ramirez and manager Ron Roenicke planned to have a discussion later in the day about a next step. Roenicke said earlier in the week he was trying to convince Ramirez to test his leg in a few games at a Minor League affiliate. That decision ultimately rests with the player, per baseball's Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Class A Wisconsin, based about an hour north of Milwaukee, is home beginning Saturday. The weather forecast is excellent for Saturday, but calls for a chance of rain on Sunday.
"I'm going to talk to Ronnie about it today or tomorrow," Ramirez said. "He wants me to go for one or two games to do a rehab assignment, so when I get close to doing it, I'll do whatever he wants. He's the boss and we have a pretty good relationship."
While hesitating to put a timeline on his return to Major League action, Ramirez said, "It will be sooner rather than later."
"I don't want to put a time on it," Roenicke echoed. "We need him to run a little harder out there, but somewhere [over the weekend or early next week], I think he'll be ready. We'll talk about things, the pros and cons, and see if we can work it out."
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