Ramirez agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Diamondbacks to avoid arbitration Tuesday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports. Ramirez began 2021 with the Angels before latching on the with Diamondbacks, and he'll receive another opportunity in the desert. He posted a 2.76 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 29:11 K:BB over 32.2 innings for Arizona.
Ramirez allowed an unearned run on one hit and one walk while striking out one in a third of an inning to earn the save in Thursday's 8-7 win over the Phillies. The Diamondbacks entered the ninth inning with an 8-2 lead, but shaky relief pitching and two fielding errors let Philadelphia back in. It was 8-5 with one runner on and two out when Ramirez took the mound. He walked the first batter he faced, followed by a passed ball and a two-run single, but he finally closed out the game with a three-pitch strikeout (all changeups) of Brad Miller. It was Ramirez's first save of the season and second of his career. It's unclear why manager Torey Lovullo eschewed Tyler Clippard for the save chance.
Ramirez has experienced diminished fastball velocity during his last two appearances, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Ramirez recently returned from a three-week stay on the injured list due to a positive coronavirus test. The drop in velocity presented itself the deeper he got into an outing. The first time happened in Colorado on Saturday, the second of back-to-back days. It happened again Monday when he issued three walks. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo didn't view this as related to the illness, but rather, a mechanical issue.
Ramirez allowed two runs on one hit and one walk in one inning of Saturday's 5-2 loss to Colorado. Ramirez, who was recently reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list, came on in the eighth inning to protect a 2-0 lead but failed in that endeavor. The right-hander walked the first batter faced, then was tagged for a two-run home run by pinch hitter Garrett Hampson. He had pitched in a similar role prior to his IL stint and was effective. Entering Saturday's game, Ramirez authored six consecutive scoreless outings, allowing one hit, walking none and striking out six while picking up four holds.
Ramirez (undisclosed) was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Thursday. Ramirez had been on the COVID-19 IL since July 30, but he was cleared to resume baseball activities last week and threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Friday. The right-hander shouldn't have any limitations following his absence and will be available out of the bullpen for Thursday's series finale against the Phillies.