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Rays journal: Brad Miller won't return from DL when eligible

Rays second baseman Brad Miller, left, with infielder Tim Beckham, says he’s letting his left abdominal strain “cool down” before testing it by running.
Rays second baseman Brad Miller, left, with infielder Tim Beckham, says he’s letting his left abdominal strain “cool down” before testing it by running.
Published May 24, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG — 2B Brad Miller (left abdominal strain) will not return from the 10-day disabled list Friday as he hoped. While he took ground balls Tuesday, he has yet to resume running.

"I don't see how he could be," manager Kevin Cash said when asked Tuesday if Miller will return the first day he is eligible to come off the DL.

Miller said he is still letting the injury "cool down."

"I've been doing stuff. We've been chipping away at it, making sure we're building and progressing and not having any setbacks because if we did, we'd have to let it cool down (again)," he said. "It feels good to actually move around a little bit."

Miller said he hopes he won't need to go on a minor-league rehab assignment, though that could hinge on how long he remains on the DL.

Ramos ahead of schedule

C Wilson Ramos (right knee surgery) is scheduled to go to extended spring training this week for some at-bats then start a rehab assignment sometime next week. With rehabs limited to 20 days, that should put him, with no setbacks, back in the majors around the third week of June, well ahead of schedule.

"That's pretty good for me and for the team," said Ramos, a 2016 All-Star with Washington who signed a two-year deal with the Rays. "All the expectation was for after the All-Star break. Now I feel a lot better, I feel confident, I feel strong. … I want to be behind the plate as soon as possible."

Ramos is doing full workouts behind the plate, catching pitches, blocking balls and throwing to bases, all significant milestones since his Oct. 14 surgery to repair a torn ACL as well as his medial and lateral meniscus. He has also been hitting and running.

"I feel like a player right now," Ramos said.

Rested and ready

By this time last season, RHP Erasmo Ramirez had appeared in 19 games on his way to a career-high and team-most 64 appearances.

His start tonight against the Angels will be his 13th appearance of the year.

"It's been kind of better. You got time for recover," Ramirez said. "Last year was kind of tough, but at the same time I cannot complain about the way they use me, because I said, 'Yes. I'm ready to pitch.' "

Ramirez said he didn't mind last year's workload.

"You say yes to the manager because you want to be in the game," he said. "When the team wins, you want to be part of it."

De Leon at Durham

RHP Jose De Leon, acquired from the Dodgers in the Logan Forsythe trade, made his debut Tuesday for Triple-A Durham. He allowed four runs on eight hits in four innings at Rochester, with all the runs coming in the second inning. De Leon (right forearm soreness) began the year on the DL and made two rehab starts at Class A Charlotte before joining the Bulls.

More medical matters

. RHP Tommy Hunter (right calf strain) allowed two runs on three hits in one inning Tuesday during his first minor-league rehab start for Class A Charlotte. He put his calf to the test Monday by running and covering first base. He could return to the bullpen this week.

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. SS Matt Duffy said his left big toe is still swollen after he fouled a ball off it Saturday while facing Hunter in live batting practice. When the swelling subsides, Duffy will resume his minor-league rehab.

Number of the day

9,014 Attendance at Tuesday's game against the Angels, the Rays' lowest at Tropicana Field since May 7, 2015, when they drew 8,701 against the Rangers.