Nine games into the spring and Los Angeles Dodgers’ shortstop Hanley Ramirez had yet to hit a home run after hitting 20 in just 86 games last season.
Ramirez was struggling to find a groove at the plate, hitting just .133 in 15 at-bats in six spring games. Yesterday, Ramirez was visibly upset after taking a pitch off his triceps and was seen with a wrapped arm after the game. The triceps was fine and Ramirez was in the starting lineup today for the Dodgers against the Texas Rangers.
In the first inning with Carl Crawford on first base after a walk, the slugging shortstop hit a towering shot over the center field wall for his first home run of the spring. He hit the two-run bomb off left-hander Martin Perez to put the Dodgers ahead 2-0.
Although some were worried about Ramirez’s lack of production this spring, he was just finding himself and wasn’t worried about it. With the first one out of the way, the Dodgers hope Ramirez will begin hitting like he did last season.
See the GIF of Ramirez’s home run below:
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