Hanley Ramirez was held out of the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup Tuesday as he again dealt with irritation in his right shoulder.
It marked the third game Ramirez has missed with the shoulder injury and seventh overall he hasn’t started this season because of an injury. There hasn’t been talk of a possible stint on the disabled list, at least not publicly, but manager Don Mattingly admitted it may come to that if Ramirez’s situation doesn’t improve.
Mattingly also added this is something Ramirez has dealt with in previous years and he isn’t ready to worry, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times:
It seems like Hanley has had a little bit of this over the past couple years,” Mattingly said. He added: “At this point, I’m not that concerned. I could be, but I don’t think it would do me any good.”
Carlos Triunfel was given the opportunity to fill in for Ramirez at short Monday. In other games Ramirez has missed, the same chance has been extended to Erisbel Arruebarrena when he was up with the team and Miguel Rojas.
The latest injury is another apparent minor issue that’s hampered Ramirez this season, who can become a free agent in the fall. Both he and the Dodgers have expressed their desire to come to terms on a new contract, but little has been said regarding any progress being made.
In terms of what you would want to accomplish in a contract year, Ramirez has been unable to complete any of the checkmarks. He’s considered somewhat of a liability defensively, inconsistent at the plate and perhaps most crippling, injury prone.
However, given how key Ramirez was to last year’s turnaround, the Dodgers will likely continue to hold out hope he becomes more stable in all facets and then evaluate the contract situation at season’s end.
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