Hanley Ramirez’s 2014 season has gone the way the first half of 2013 did — hampered by injuries. After being bothered by his shoulder and receiving a cortisone shot, Ramirez may be headed to the disabled list as he’s also been battling calf tightness.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called Thursday a “drop-dead date,” for making a decision on Ramirez’s short-term future.
Placing Ramirez on the DL Thursday would be an optimal date as it would mean the shortstop would be eligible to be reinstated immediately after the All-Star break.
Ramirez made another pinch-hit appearance in Wednesday’s loss, but he’s been out of the starting lineup in eight of the last nine games. Mattingly discussed some of the Dodgers’ hesitation to place Ramirez on the DL:
We don’t want to DL anyone and, obviously, we’re better with Hanley, but we also want him healthy.”
With the time he’s missed as of late, Ramirez has just three plate appearances since June 23. As Mattingly notes, while the Dodgers miss Ramirez’s bat in the lineup, his health moving forward is ultimately what is most important.
Ramirez is currently set to be a free agent in winter and has not been able to play in a full season for the Dodgers. The 30-year-old shortstop played in 86 games last season after dealing with hamstring and thumb issues.
These questions regarding his health could very well affect his value on the market and may have an impact on how the Dodgers or other teams, may proceed with contract negotiations. Should Ramirez be placed on the DL, Ersibel Arruebarrena, currently with Triple-A Albuquerque, may re-join the Dodgers.
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