Last call

• Ramirez, sidelined since April 5 by a sprained left knee, took another round of batting practice on Thursday and will be activated from the 15-day disabled list before the Brewers-Cardinals series continues Friday night. His bat will be a welcome addition to the lineup; the Brewers and Royals were the only Major League teams as of Thursday afternoon without a home run from a batter in the four-hole.

• Triple-A Nashville second baseman Scooter Gennett and Double-A Huntsville right-hander Jimmy Nelson were named the Brewers' Minor League player and pitcher of the month for April. Gennett, the Brewers' No. 6 prospect according to, batted .403 for the month and reached safely in all 19 games in April, and he began May by extending that streak to 20. Nelson, the No. 8 prospect, was 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA in five starts while holding opponents to a .178 average.

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