Milwaukee placed Ramirez on the disabled list July 8, two days after leaving a game early following a diving catch. He missed much of April after spraining his left knee while sliding into second base on April 5 against the Diamondbacks. The same injury occurred just a month prior to that, during spring training, causing Ramirez to miss 10 days.
Ramirez initially said that he planned to take it slow with his recovery and would not rush back to the lineup, mentioning he probably came off the DL too quick earlier in the season.
The 35-year-old has played in just 54 games this season due to the various injuries. In addition, he said that he had been playing with soreness in his knee since his April strain. The injuries have clearly affected his power numbers as Ramirez's .414 slugging percentage is his worst since 2002, when he was 24 years old and playing for the Pirates.
Ramirez had been mentioned as a player the Brewers could possibly trade, but with his DL stint extending up to or past the trade deadline, any hopes of trading Ramirez are effectively dead. He could be a candidate for an August trade as his contract may allow him to pass through waivers and thus be trade-eligible.