Hanley Ramirez’s 2014 season has seemingly been an endless battle with injuries that in turn have affected his ability to consistently hit well.
Ramirez was nearly placed on the disabled list as he was bothered by calf soreness, among other ailments. However, he managed to start in three of the four games against the Colorado Rockies, then served as the designated hitter during the two-game set with the Detroit Tigers.
The shortstop was back in the lineup Thursday and sparked a rally with his single in the bottom of the sixth inning, but was removed from the game in the eighth. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Ramirez may see limited action until after the All-Star Break:
After helping win Thursday night’s game, Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez left with a flare-up of his sore right shoulder and likely won’t start again until after the All-Star break.
Ramirez was troubled by the shoulder earlier in the year and received a cortisone shot as part of treatment. Gurnick reported Ramirez received another injection following his removal.
Thus far, the 30-year-old has missed 11 games this season, with his first coming back in April after being hit by a pitch on his hand. The 11 games isn’t counting the seven Ramirez hasn’t started but made a pinch-hit appearance in.
With Ramirez in the final year of his contract, manager Don Mattingly shared his belief the shortstop’s contractual status is something that is on his mind.
Ramirez has attempted to downplay the situation and his struggles both defensively and at the plate.
With Ramirez unlikely to start, the Dodgers can turn to Miguel Rojas and Carlos Triunfel until Ramirez is fully recovered.
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