Updates from Friday, June 13
The Dodgers report good news with tonight's lineup:
#Dodgers lineup vs. Dbacks: Gordon 2B Ramirez SS Puig RF Gonzalez 1B Kemp LF Ethier CF Ellis C Figgins 3B Kershaw P— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 13, 2014
Updates from Thursday, June 12
MLBLineups confirm Hanley Ramirez's status for today's game:
6/12 @Dodgers lineup vs CIN Gordon 2B Turner 3B Puig RF Gonzalez 1B Kemp LF Ethier CF Federowicz C Rojas SS Greinke P— MLBLineups (@mlblineups) June 12, 2014
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly also spoke about Ramirez's status (via Manny Randhawa of MLB.com):
"It's kind of encouraging," Mattingly said. "Obviously, he's not in the lineup, but it's encouraging that this is going to be a day or two days. The fact that he walked in this morning feeling better, with a little bit more movement, it was encouraging."
Mattingly said he thought Ramirez would be able to pinch-hit if necessary.
"Obviously, it's something where [head trainer Stan Conte] will crank him up through the course of the game, and then we make that decision as we get there."
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times had more on Ramirez's treatment:
Hanley Ramirez got a cortisone shot last night. He was not available today, unlikely to be available tomorrow. #dodgers— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) June 12, 2014
The Los Angeles Dodgers could have to compete without a major contributor as Hanley Ramirez deals with a shoulder injury.
Although the severity of the injury is not yet known, the shortstop was scratched from his team's game on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds, according to the Dodgers' official Twitter account:
Hanley Ramirez has been scratched with right AC joint irritation. Miguel Rojas will start at shortstop tonight. #Dodgers— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 11, 2014
Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register didn't think the injury was very serious:
Hanley Ramirez's right AC joint did not look irritate when he launched a ball deep into upper deck at GABP on one of his last swings of BP— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 11, 2014
And it must not have been very serious. Ramirez entered Wednesday night's game, as Plunkett reports:
He would ground into an inning-ending double play.
Ramirez had done a good job of staying healthy this year while playing 62 of the Dodgers' first 66 games, a high mark considering the veteran's injury history. He has been held to fewer than 100 games in two of the last three years with various issues.
Of course, that did not stop him from having an extremely productive year in 2013, batting .345 with 20 home runs to finish eighth in the MVP voting. He has been less impressive this season, with a .256 batting average, 10 home runs and 38 RBI, but he still has the talent to help the Dodgers offensively.
If the shortstop is forced to miss any additional time, Miguel Rojas will continue getting games, as will veteran Chone Figgins.
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