Updates from Tuesday, May 27
The Dodgers provide an update on Hanley Ramirez's status:
#Dodgers lineup vs. Reds: Gordon 2B Figgins 3B Puig RF Gonzalez 1B Crawford LF Ethier CF Butera C Arruebarrena SS Greinke P— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 27, 2014
But later in the afternoon the Dodgers decided to start Ramirez after all:
Updated #Dodgers lineup: Gordon 2B Crawford LF Puig RF Ramirez SS Gonzalez 1B Ethier CF Butera C Figgins 3B Greinke P— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 27, 2014
Updates from Monday, May 26
MLB Lineups on Twitter confirmed that Hanley Ramirez is still out with a calf injury:
5/26 @Dodgers lineup vs. CIN Gordon 2B Crawford LF Puig RF Gonzalez 1B Ethier CF Turner 3B Butera C Arruebarrena SS Ryu P— MLBLineups (@mlblineups) May 26, 2014
Updates from Sunday, May 25
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times provides a statement from Dodgers manager Don Mattingly discussing Hanley Ramirez's injury status:
Mattingly on Hanley: "It didn't sound very good." Wouldn't say if DL is a possibility.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) May 25, 2014
David Vassegh, co-host of Dodger Talk for am570radio in Los Angeles, previously confirmed Ramirez's status for today's game:
I asked Hanley how he's feeling and he pointed to the lineup... pic.twitter.com/lgJheGqKB3— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) May 25, 2014
Alanna Rizzo of the Dodgers also passed along the next step in Ramirez's treatment:
Hanley Ramirez likely getting an MRI on his bothersome left, lower calf. @Dodgers not saying if it is a DL situation or not, just yet.— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) May 25, 2014
Never a stranger to injuries over the past two seasons, Hanley Ramirez was scratched from Saturday's lineup with a sore left calf.
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times provided the news:
Hanley scratched with a sore left calf.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) May 24, 2014
The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett provided a look at the new lineup, with 24-year-old Erisbel Arruebarrena taking Ramirez's spot at short:
New #Dodgers lineup: 2B Gordon 3B Turner RF Puig 1B Gonzalez LF Crawford CF Ethier C Ellis SS Arruebarrena RHP Haren— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 24, 2014
Ramirez, who injured his thumb in late April, has gotten off to a rough start in 2014, hitting just .250/.333/.451 with seven home runs. Those are certainly not numbers to scoff at, especially for a shortstop, but they are a far cry from 2013, when Ramirez hit .345/.402/.638 and was one of the most feared hitters in the league when healthy.
It doesn't sound at this point that the injury is serious. However, it's worth noting that Ramirez also sat out Friday's game (before pinch hitting in the eighth). Manager Don Mattingly said it was just a routine day off, but, as Rotoworld's Matthew Pouliot argued, that may not have been 100 percent true:
So, I guess Mattingly was just kidding about last night being a routine day off for Hanley.— Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot) May 24, 2014
Nevertheless, perhaps this will provide an excuse for the Dodgers to give their star some time off so he can get fully healthy as he attempts to prove he is worth a nine-figure extension.
Arruebarrena and perhaps Justin Turner will get time at short while Ramirez is sidelined, but the Dodgers, who rank sixth in the MLB in OPS, should be able to tread water until the 30-year-old's return.