05/15/2013 2:33 AM ET
Ramirez helping lineup in return from knee sprain
By Adam McCalvy and George Von Benko / MLB.com
PITTSBURGH -- Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is playing well since his return from the 15-day disabled list. Ramirez suffered a left knee sprain after he slid into second base while stretching a single into a double during Milwaukee's 3-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 5. He has missed 24 games this season due to the injury.
Ramirez refused to take some time on a rehab assignment in the Minors, but has gotten off to a good start at the plate.
"I feel pretty good," Ramirez said. "I didn't take any Minor League rehab assignment. I just jumped back in and played and it worked out well.
Ramirez is batting .350 (14-for-40) with one home run and six RBIs in 12 games since he came back on May 3, including a 1-for-5 performance in Tuesday's 4-3, 12-inning loss to Pittsburgh.
The Brewers are being cautious about how they use Ramirez. Tuesday was the second time he has played in back-to-back games since he returned.
"I have to do that," Ramirez said. "I didn't play in a month, I didn't play on Sunday, but I was back in there on Monday. We'll just see how it goes."
Report: Crew offers Segura a long-term deal
PITTSBURGH -- How confident were Brewers officials that Jean Segura could handle his first full season in the Major Leagues? They reportedly have already offered him a longer contract.
Agent Joe Klein told FoxSports.com that the Brewers made their offer about a month ago, mere weeks after 23-year-old Segura made his first Opening Day roster. The report did not include details about the nature of the team's proposal, and Klein indicated that talks have not progressed since then. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin declined to comment for the story.
"Right now, I guess it's in my court," Klein told the website. "But with a guy this young, it's hard to figure out what the right numbers would be. It would be good, be nice if it was possible to do. But I don't know. It's way, way on the drawing board."
Segura's value has only increased since that offer was made. The shortstop homered in his first at-bat in Tuesday's 4-3, 12-inning loss in Pittsburgh and later added an RBI groundout. He came into the game leading the National League in batting average (.368), hits (50), multi-hit games (17) and stolen bases (13).
He is earning $492,000 this season, just north of the league minimum salary, and entered the year with only 65 days of MLB service. That means he will continue to draw a salary near the league minimum through the end of the 2015 season, then be arbitration-eligible but still under Brewers control from 2016-18 before reaching free agency.
The Brewers acquired Segura from the Angels at last year's non-waiver Trade Deadline, along with two Minor League pitchers, for free-agent-to-be right-hander Zack Greinke.
Said manager Ron Roenicke about Segura: "I don't know. Those kind of things are gambles, they are looking at a guy who you are going to have to feel is going to be good for a long term, and with a first year or second year player those are tough decisions. I know nothing about it.
"What you see from him this year, he's doing everything right, we didn't see that player last year. This is a great player, this is a guy that I don't want to ever take him out of the lineup. I keep talking about I want to get him a day off and he plays so well I can't take him out, and he doesn't want out. He's one of the best players in the league."
Brewers don't want to fall too far behind pace
PITTSBURGH -- A first step, perhaps? The Brewers were hoping Monday night's 5-1 win over the Pirates will get them jump-started. But they lost Tuesday's game, 4-3, in 12 innings.
The Brewers are 1-4 in their last five games and 2-10 this month.
"This game is not a lot of fun when you're not winning," Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun said. "Hopefully we turn it around. We started off the year pretty poorly, then we went on a good streak. Hopefully we will find a way to turn it around here soon. We really haven't done many things well, offensively, defensively, fundamentally, there's a lot of things we need to do better. We need to play more consistent to win some more games."
"We've got to start playing better ball in every aspect of the game," third baseman Aramis Ramirez said. "We've got to hit better, we've got to pitch better and we've just got to put it together and start winning ballgames."
After Tuesday's action, the Brewers are 16-21, in fourth place in the National League Central. The Brewers made a late push after a slow start last year, which they haven't forgotten, so they don't want to fall too far off the pace.
"That's what happened to us last year," Ramirez said. "We got too far behind and we got hot the last two months. We got it to one game with like a week left, but we couldn't make it. We just didn't have enough, we ran out of time and you know you don't want to do the same thing this year."
• The Brewers recorded six stolen bases Monday night. It marked only the 10th time in franchise history the team produced six or more steals in a game, but the second time in their last four games at PNC Park. They had seven stolen bases on Sept. 18, 2012.
• Francisco Rodriguez threw a scoreless eighth inning in his first appearance at Triple-A Nashville. His line was one inning, one hit and one walk.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.