Updates from Saturday, June 28
Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register provides an update on Hanley Ramirez's status:
Hanley Ramirez a late add to #Dodgers lineup today. Back at SS for 1st time since last Sunday in SD.— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 28, 2014
MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports that Ramirez didn't play the entire game:
Hanley Ramirez is out of the game— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 29, 2014
Updates from Friday, June 27
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times has an update on Ramirez:
Hanley Ramirez out of #dodgers lineup for 4th straight start (shoulder).— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) June 27, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, June 25
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times confirms that Hanley Ramirez is not in today's lineup:
Los Angeles Dodgers star shortstop Hanley Ramirez will miss Tuesday night's road game against the Kansas City Royals with an irritated AC joint in his shoulder.
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reported the news of Ramirez's ailment:
Ramirez is out with A/C joint irritation.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 24, 2014
As the Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin noted back on June 12, this shoulder seems to be a recurring problem for the three-time All-Star:
As expected, Hanley Ramirez (right shoulder irritation) not in #Dodgers lineup today.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) June 12, 2014
Ramirez has been getting dinged up lately. This nagging injury adds to the right ring finger contusion he suffered last week. Some speculation swirled that the finger contributed to Ramirez's throwing error that broke up Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw's perfect game against the Colorado Rockies.
Such an excuse wasn't to be found from Ramirez after the game, though.
"Tough play, you know?" said Ramirez, per the Los Angeles Times' Everett Cook. "You just have to catch the ball and throw it. In that situation you would rather have the error than just let it go."
Kershaw will be getting his first start since throwing that no-hitter on Tuesday versus Kansas City. With the way Ramirez is now making headlines for yet another health setback, that Ramirez error is likely to be discussed a lot leading up to the game.
This also halts, at least for the time being, some recent momentum Ramirez generated in the batter's box, per the Dodgers' official Twitter account:
Hanley Ramirez extends his hitting streak to 10-games with a two-run double. #Dodgers trail 5-2, top 8.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 24, 2014
Part owner Magic Johnson has faith in his club when they're firing on all cylinders—and implicates Ramirez being at his best:
When Ramirez, Gonzalez and Kemp hit well & Kershaw is pitching like he did tonight, we can beat any team in baseball! #Dodgers— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) June 19, 2014
Sometimes MLB players tend to sit out with trivial injuries, or simply to get a day off. Having discomfort in a shoulder is rather excusable for Ramirez to ride the pine for the evening, though. He is too important to the Dodgers' cause moving forward that it's worth letting him rest the joint and hope that the irritation dies down soon.
Trailing the San Francisco Giants by just four games in the National League West, this figures to be a year-long race for the divisional crown. Although Ramirez is batting just .269, which pales in comparison to his full-season peak of .342 in 2009, he is hot recently at the dish. His fielding warrants criticism, yet Ramirez is still a key cog in LA's bid to contend for the World Series.