• 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 MLB.com, 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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