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Brewers' Ramirez aims for Friday return

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Injured Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez plans to go straight from the disabled list to the the Brewers' lineup without a minor-league rehab stint.

Ramirez, 34, sprained his left knee on April 5 and hasn't played since. But he hopes to return Friday night after missing 22 games when he's eligible to come off the DL.

"Everything is going as expected," Ramirez said.

Despite being out for three weeks, Ramirez wants to exercise his rights under the collective bargaining agreement to bypass going to the minors for rehab.

"I think management would always like a guy to go rehab, but a player has a right not to rehab," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said, according to MLB.com. "So you work with whatever player it is, you explain things to him, and they have the decision."

Roenicke plans to work Ramirez gradually back into the lineup.
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