The former Augusta GreenJacket has begun taking batting practice and fielding grounders.
The team has outfitted him with a special splint that allows him to throw while protecting his surgically repaired right thumb.
Ramirez wouldn’t reveal exactly when he might return, saying it was a surprise.
“I’m going to tweet it,” he said.
ASTROS: Bullpen coach Jeff Murphy sustained injuries to his left leg and knee when a protective screen fell on him before Wednesday’s game. Murphy was throwing batting practice when a heavy gust of wind blew the screen over, pinning his leg underneath. According to a team spokesman, Murphy pulled his left hamstring and bruised the knee.
WHITE SOX: Recalled outfielder Jordan Danks from Triple-A Charlotte and placed left-hander Charlie Leesman on waivers for the purpose of granting his unconditional release.
Danks, the younger brother of White Sox left-hander John Danks, takes the place of right-hander Duente Heath.
YANKEES: Frst baseman Mark Teixeira has taken his first swings – in a pool – as he ramps up his rehabilitation from a wrist injury.
Teixeira says the progression to playing in rehab games will be a slow one but he still hopes to be ready within the initial prognosis of eight to 10 weeks for recovery from a partially torn sheath in his right wrist.
GIANTS: Placed left-handed pitcher Jeremy Affeldt on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.