Hanley Ramirez Injury: Updates on Dodgers Star's Calf and Return

Tim KeeneyContributor IMay 24, 2014

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez points to fans after hitting a solo home run against the New York Mets during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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Updates from Tuesday, May 27

The Dodgers provide an update on Hanley Ramirez's status:

But later in the afternoon the Dodgers decided to start Ramirez after all:

Updates from Monday, May 26

MLB Lineups on Twitter confirmed that Hanley Ramirez is still out with a calf injury:

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:

David Vassegh, co-host of Dodger Talk for am570radio in Los Angeles, previously confirmed Ramirez's status for today's game:

Alanna Rizzo of the Dodgers also passed along the next step in Ramirez's treatment: 

Original Text

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:

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: 

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:

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.