Just before first pitch of Wednesday night’s game in Cincinnati, Hanley Ramirez was removed from the lineup in favor of infielder Miguel Rojas.
With the Los Angeles Dodgers looking for a fourth consecutive win, Ramirez was penciled in to bat second in the lineup, which has become his new spot after batting third for much of his career with the Dodgers. However, the Dodgers announced Ramirez was a scratch due to irritation in the AC joint of his right shoulder:
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
Further details of Ramirez’s injury were not immediately provided, but it’s another injury blow to the Dodgers, as it was also reported Wednesday Chad Billingsley had suffered yet another setback in his recovery from last season’s Tommy John surgery.
For Ramirez, it’s the fourth game he’s been held out of the lineup, most recently missing a three-game stretch due to calf soreness. Ramirez has been inconsistent this season, but began to come on as of late, particularly on the road trip.
In the three-game series with the Colorado Rockies, Ramirez went 3-for-9 with a towering home run and three walks. The start for Rojas, who was called up June 6, is the second of his MLB career and first at shortstop.
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