Hanley Ramirez Injury: Updates on Los Angeles Dodgers Star's Shoulder
From the Los Angeles Dodgers' Twitter account:
A jammed shoulder for Hanley Ramirez. We will know more information tomorrow.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 4, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 12
MLB.com's Ken Gurnick and Austin Laymance have the latest on Hanley Ramirez's recovery and potential return to the Dodgers:
Hanley Ramirez said on Sunday night that he won't rule out a return to the lineup sooner than later, maybe as soon as Monday...
... Ramirez is prepared to play with some discomfort the rest of the season if need be, as he still 'feels it' when batting because of his long extension. He threw relatively firmly, not firing or lobbing.
'I hope it's not something I have to deal with the rest of the season,' he said. 'If it is, I've done it before, a couple of times this season. Those are things you can't control.
I just worry if I keep feeling it every time I throw the ball. I don't know. If I have to play like that, I'll play.'
UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 8, by Ian Hanford
From ESPN's Arash Markazi:
"He looks good," Mattingly said. "Talking to the medical department, Hanley just keeps advancing. He's moving around today even better than yesterday. I would think if this keeps going like this he will try to hit a ball off a tee or something today. He'll try to do some baseball stuff today. How far that goes, we don't know. Hanley just keeps getting better. We're feeling a lot more confident that it's not going to be a DL. We're hoping sooner than later."
When asked if Ramirez would be available Wednesday or Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals, Mattingly wouldn't rule him out. "He's probably not," Mattingly said. "He'd be doubtful on the NFL scale today but you never know what happens."
UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 5, by Tom Kinslow
From Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles:
Mattingly said Ramirez has not had MRI, feels better and is optimistic he'll be back soon but didn't have a timetable.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) August 5, 2013
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times offered more details on the injury:
Hanley is in a sling. Shoulder not separated. MRI tomorrow.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) August 4, 2013
Ramirez said he didn't feel his shoulder pop.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) August 4, 2013
Heading into Sunday's game, Ramirez had played in just 53 games for the Dodgers this season.
He suffered a torn right thumb ligament in the preseason at the World Baseball Classic, keeping him out of action until April 29. He then strained his left hamstring against the San Francisco Giants on May 3, promptly being placed back on the disabled list.
The former All-Star shortstop has played very well this season when he's been on the field. Heading into Sunday's game, he was hitting .365 with 11 home runs, 37 RBI, 36 runs and seven stolen bases (206 plate appearances).
The Dodgers currently lead the NL West by 5.5 games. The second-place Arizona Diamondbacks appear to be their only competition for the division crown this season, as the Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres are 10.5 games back. The defending world champion Giants are currently 12 games back.
Losing Ramirez for an extended period of time would undoubtedly be a blow for the Dodgers, but they may be able to hold on without him until the playoffs. They must decide how much to push the 29-year-old Dominican down the stretch as they prepare for the postseason.
Nick Punto is listed behind Ramirez on the Dodgers' official depth chart. Punto is batting .244 with one home run, 14 RBI and 24 runs in 82 games (213 at-bats) this season. He has played 23 games at shortstop (18 starts).
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