6/15 Ramirez takes batting practice

Aramis Ramirez took batting practice on Tuesday, the first time he’s tested his sore left thumb since going on the disabled list June 8. Hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo reported to Lou Piniella that Ramirez swung the bat OK and his thumb didn’t bother him much.

“He’ll continue to work for a week or so and then be eligible to come off the disabled list,” PIniella said.

It’s unclear whether Ramirez will need a Minor League rehab assignment. Piniella said the third baseman could go to Class A Peoria, which is nearby, but also could simply be activated when the time comes.

— Carrie Muskat

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