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

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Hanley Ramirez Injury: Updates on Dodgers Star's Calf and Return
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Updates from Friday, July 4

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times has the latest on Ramirez after tonight's game:

True Blue LA's Eric Stephen had more on the severity of the injury:

Updates from Thursday, July 3

The Dodgers confirm that Hanley Ramirez will be in tonight's lineup against the Colorado Rockies: 

Updates from Wednesday, July 2

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times confirmed Hanley Ramirez's absence from the lineup for today's game:

Don Mattingly spoke about the chances that Ramirez will land on the disabled list (via Pedro Moura of the OC Register):

Updates from Tuesday, July 1

The Dodgers confirmed that Hanley Ramirez is not in the lineup for tonight's game:

Updates from Monday, June 30

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times updated Hanley Ramirez's status for Tuesday's game:

Ramirez would end up pinch hitting and drawing a walk.

Original Text

Just as the Los Angeles Dodgers started making a push for the National League West division lead, one of the biggest stars on the team in shortstop Hanley Ramirez has suffered a calf injury.  

Brian Kamenetzky of ESPNLosAngeles.com reported the news and provides commentary from manager Don Mattingly on the injury:

I think we'll probably find out more tomorrow. ... I think we're built on pitching, and if we can defend [we'll be OK]. The only positive is I think we're a little better defensively with someone else.

[Still] I like our lineup a lot better with him in it.

After the report of the injury, the Dodgers released the lineup for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals with Ramirez not listed:

Ramirez has played in 74 games this year, batting .272 with a .358 on-base percentage, 11 home runs and 46 RBI. The player taking over the position for Ramirez on Sunday is Miguel Rojas, who has a .255 average, .271 OBP and four RBI during his first 20 games in his MLB career.

This isn't the first injury Ramirez has suffered this season, but he has done his best to avoid the disabled list, as Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times notes:

Despite the slew of injuries for Ramirez this season and over the course of his career, he still hopes to sign a new contract with the Dodgers. While his production on the field is worthy of a huge deal, the questions about his health might linger over the talks.

The calf injury also comes just days after Ramirez missed time with a shoulder issue. Will Carroll of Bleacher Report points out what that could mean for his future:

As for the team, Los Angeles must face a difficult Cardinals team without Ramirez in the lineup and host the Cleveland Indians at home over the next three days. Luckily, the Dodgers have Clayton Kershaw on the bump and several other stars still healthy and producing.

Much will likely be made about his health as Ramirez continues to miss time, along with his worth with contract talks still brewing.

 

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