Hanley Ramirez Injury: Updates on Dodgers Star's Hamstring

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIMay 4, 2013

Hanley Ramirez was helped off the field earlier this season after clutching his left hamstring following a slide into third base.


UPDATE: Sunday, June 9, at 2:10 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Discouraging news for Dodgers fans as Hanley Ramirez is undergoing an MRI on his injured hamstring, according to Orange County Register's Pedro Moura.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, June 4, at 6:58 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

The Dodgers officially welcomed Ramirez back to the lineup via Twitter:

The team also announced the official roster move associated with Ramirez's activation from the disabled list:


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UPDATE: Tuesday, June 4, at 3:40 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

The Dodgers are expected to activate shortstop Hanley Ramirez off the DL on Tuesday, according to a report from CBS Sports' Mike Axisa

The Dodgers are likely to activate Hanley Ramirez off the 15-day DL on Tuesday, manager Don Mattingly confirmed on Monday. He came through his three-game minor league rehab assignment just fine.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 29 at 12:14 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Good news for Dodgers fans as Hanley Ramirez is nearing a return to the lineup and could be back as soon as Monday, per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

Ramirez is tentatively scheduled to start a minor-league rehabilitation Thursday with Class-A RanchoCucamonga, which will be in Bakersfield. Ramirez is expected to remain with the Class-A affiliate through Sunday.

If the rehabilitation assignment goes well, Ramirez could be activated as early as Monday.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 22 at 10:35 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Hanley Ramirez is still at least two weeks away from re-joining the Dodgers in game action, according to MLB's Ken Gurnick.

Hanley Ramirez tested his hamstring running in the outfield, and Mattingly said the shortstop continues to make progress, although he is still probably two weeks away from playing.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 8 at 11:20 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Things aren't looking good for Hanley Ramirez at this stage of the game. According to a report from baseball writer J.P. Hoornstra, the Dodgers expect their star shortstop to be out 4-6 weeks, which puts his return somewhere between May 31 and June 14. 

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UPDATE: Saturday, May 4 at 6:21 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

The Dodgers have officially placed Ramirez on the 15-day DL, per the team's official Twitter account.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers (via Twitter) verified the injury after Ramirez was removed from play Friday night:

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Ramirez is going to the disabled list.

Andrew Baggarly of CSN San Francisco originally speculated after the play that Ramirez likely would be headed back to the disabled list, which proves this is a serious injury (via Twitter):

If Ramirez misses any significant time, it will be another setback for the infielder. Nothing is official yet, but he could be heading back to the DL just three games after making his season debut.

He recently made his first start of the year during the Dodgers’ April 30 win over the Colorado Rockies. Ramirez was sidelined until that point after undergoing offseason thumb surgery to repair a torn ligament in the finger.

Ramirez homered in that first start to help spark a stagnant Dodgers offense that has scored just 91 runs so far in this young 2013 season. That’s good enough for second to last in baseball.

Expect the Dodgers’ offensive struggles to continue as long as they have key players like Ramirez in the dugout and not on the field. No one else on the diamond seems to be ready to play ball at this point, and Ramirez’s return was the lone beacon of hope for the club.

That beacon appears to be slowly fading, as the shortstop could have significantly injured his hamstring.

Slugger Matt Kemp has also yet to find his groove and could still be feeling the effects of offseason shoulder surgery.

The Dodgers aren’t in despair just yet. Despite their offensive woes, the team is close to .500. They should be all right in the long run if they can remain in contention in the NL West until their bats come around.