PHOENIX (AP) — Aramis Ramirez went on contact, jogging lightly into third base. Immediately, Milwaukee Brewers coach Ed Sedar checked in on the long-time veteran.
"How 'ya feeling Rammy, OK?" Wearing sunglasses on a bright afternoon, Ramirez smiled.
Ramirez is set back a little in spring training, but that's a relatively minor concern for the 35-year-old third baseman because he had a non-cancerous polyp removed from his colon in early January. Doctors told Ramirez it would take about eight weeks to fully recover, and that timetable is nearing an end.
While Ramirez knew right away that the tumor wasn't cancerous, just having the polyp found was a scary experience.
"It was, because I never had surgery before. That was my first one and hopefully my last one," Ramirez said.
But this won't be his last checkup. Ramirez's father died of colon cancer.
"I wanted to get checked out because usually it's a family thing," Ramirez said Saturday, the first day of full-team workouts. "Sure enough, I didn't have cancer, but I had a polyp."
"I have to get checked out every year again, and we'll go from there," he added.
Ramirez took some swings and fielded groundballs on Saturday, and otherwise probably did most everything that any player does at this point in the spring, except that manager Ron Roenicke advised one of his oldest position players to take it easy on the first day.
Ramirez will likely miss the first few spring training games, which start Thursday. It will be up to doctors and Ramirez to determine when he's ready to take the next step.
"He's in good spirits. He's not really restricted in what he can do," Roenicke said. "It's just the effort that how he goes about it."
Until the surgery, Ramirez was focusing on strengthening his lower body after being bothered all last season by a sprained left knee. Ramirez was limited to 92 games, but still put up numbers that had him on pace for a decent year even with the nagging injury, with 12 homers, 49 RBIs and a .283 average.