The Los Angeles Dodgers intently watched as Zack Greinke made his first start since the soreness and irritation in his right elbow was made public. Greinke threw seven innings without issue and now the focus shifts to how his elbow will respond.
With that taking place, the Dodgers added a player off the disabled list Sunday as Hanley Ramirez was reinstated. In order to clear room on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned Ersibel Arruebarrena to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Ramirez was seen on the field taking grounders prior to the Dodgers beginning a homestand against the San Diego Padres and he continued to progress well throughout the week.
Some of Ramirez’s work came at third base, however manager Don Mattingly said he wouldn’t play that position this season. Although oblique strains can take upwards of three months to heal, Ramirez is making his return on the first day he was eligible to be taken off the DL.
Ramirez is in the final year of his contract and has 31 regular-season games to improve on what’s been a subpar season. Dodgers president Stan Kasten expressed hope the 30 year old would make an impact down the stretch and said both sides agreed to put contract talks on hold until after the season.
The oblique strain was the latest in a string of injuries that have hindered Ramirez this season, but it was the first that sent him to the DL. After battling a shoulder issue, the Dodgers were on the verge of placing the shortstop on the DL, but successful pre-game workout helped him avoided it.
Ramirez rejoins the Dodgers, who enter Sunday a season high-tying 17 games above .500 and holding a 4.5-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West standings. This season, Ramirez is hitting .277 with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs; he’s never faced Bartolo Colon, the New York Mets’ scheduled starter.
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