The Los Angeles Dodgers received another scare on Saturday night with regards to Hanley Ramirez. The Dodger shortstop left the game after he appeared to injure his right thumb in his second at-bat, which was a groundout to short. The Dodgers officially called the injury a bruised thumb and following the game, Ramirez downplayed the severity of the injury, but wasn’t sure if he would be in Sunday’s lineup as it was already a planned day off for the 30-year-old.
While the injury isn’t on the same hand that was struck by a pitch, it’s the same thumb Ramirez injured in last year’s World Baseball Classic. With Ramirez’s availability perhaps to be limited in the coming days, the Dodgers announced Carlos Triunfel was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned reliever Jose Dominguez:
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With the Dodger bullpen carrying a heavy load in the early portion of the season, Dominguez was recalled from Triple-A just six days ago in a move that sent the sparingly used Chone Figgins to the Isotopes. The hard-throwing right-hander threw two innings on the first day he was back with the team, but hadn’t appeared since that point.
Dominguez made the 30-man travel roster for the Opening Series in Australia, but was optioned to the minors when the Dodgers set their 25-man roster ahead of the U.S. opener. The 23-year-old has been recalled and optioned on multiple occasions this season as the Dodgers have worked the balance of creating room for a recovering pitcher and replacing an injured one.
Triunfel spent 2013 with the Seattle Mariners and is a utility infielder who is a career .167 hitter with five RBIs. The 24-year-old isn’t in Sunday’s lineup, but he adds depth to a bench that was already a little short with the decision to carry 13 pitchers and option Figgins. With the Dodgers set to begin a three-game set on the road against the Minnesota Twins, which would require a designated hitter, another position player was needed given Ramirez’s uncertain status.
In 64 at-bats at the Triple-A level, Triunfel is hitting .291 with a .708 OPS. Assuming Ramirez’s injury isn’t in fact serious, Triunfel’s stint with the Dodgers will likely be brief as he should be optioned back to Triple-A once Clayton Kershaw is reinstated from the disabled list.
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