The Dodgers will get another bat in their lineup Tuesday night as they take on the Cincinnati Reds. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez will return to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lineup after missing four games with a sore left calf.
According to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, Ramirez says he is 100 percent and was cleared by trainers Tuesday afternoon:
Hanley says he is "100%," got cleared by trainers this afternoon, which would explain #Dodgers change to add him to lineup.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) May 27, 2014
Originally, the Dodgers were going to hold Ramirez out of tonight’s game in favor of Erisbel Arruebarrena, who was in Tuesday’s original lineup.
The Dodgers will need as much help as they can get as they face Alfredo Simon of the Reds, who has thus far had a solid season. Simon has posted a 6-2 record with an ERA of 2.31.
Ramirez returns after two stellar pitching outings from Josh Beckett, who through a no-hitter on Sunday, and Hyun-Jin Ryu, who took a perfect game into the eighth inning of Monday’s game.
Ramirez will look to get his season back on track and help contribute more, as he did last season opposed to what he has done so far in 2014. Ramirez is hitting just .250 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs.
While Ramirez returns to the lineup, center fielder Matt Kemp is once again out of the lineup for the fifth straight game as Andre Ethier will continue to roam center field.
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