The Dodgers are getting their lineup back to the way it should look like as infielder Hanley Ramirez was finally activated from the disabled list and pitcher Chris Capuano was placed back on.
Capuano is dealing with a left shoulder latissimus strain and will be replaced in the rotation by Stephen Fife, who notched his first career victory last night. Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA tweeted the news this afternoon:
Capuano to the DL. Fife stays. Hanley activated
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) June 4, 2013
Ramirez has been sidelined since early May with a hamstring injury after spending the beginning portion of the season on the DL with a broken thumb. Without him in the lineup, the Dodgers lineup has struggled to score runs and hit with runners in scoring position as first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has been their most consistent hitter.
Upon returning from the disabled list, Ramirez will join a much more exciting Dodgers lineup with the inclusion of Cuban phenom Yasiel Puig at the top of the lineup.
Puig already made his impact last night with two hits and ended the game with a throw from right field to Gonzalez to double-up Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia.
The Dodgers sit at 24-32 entering play tonight and have a chance to make up ground on the first-place Diamondbacks as they’re in the midst of a tough series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Ramirez’s presence in the Dodgers lineup should awake the slumbering offense and hopefully bring the team closer to .500 as the team has a deep hole to climb out of early in June.