The last two appearances for Ramirez were mixed. On Thursday vs. the Padres, he took the loss after allowing two runs on two hits, including a home run in a 7-4 loss to the Padres. The right-hander last pitched on Friday with a perfect ninth inning vs. San Diego on five pitches during a 13-4 loss.
Ramirez's departure left the Reds a player short during Sunday's finale vs. the Padres. Their bullpen also went from eight relievers to seven, pending a replacement ahead of Monday's series opener vs. the Cubs.
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