The Dodgers have won two straight against the Angels and it sounds like injured third baseman Hanley Ramirez is on track to be activated from the disabled list next week.
Ramirez injured his hamstring just four games after being activated from the disabled list with a broken thumb and has been the Dodgers missing bat in the middle of the lineup. This morning, Ramirez took to Twitter to announce he’ll be back in action tomorrow in Bakersfield:
At Bakersfield tomorrow see you there!!!!!
— Hanley Ramirez (@HanleyRamirez) May 29, 2013
The timing of his rehab assignment couldn’t be better as the Dodgers are starting to play a lot better and are in the midst of a 20-game in 20 nights portion of their schedule.
With star Matt Kemp and outfielder Andre Ethier struggling at the plate, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford have been the team’s most consistent hitters as the team hasn’t scored nearly enough runs.
However, at 22-28, now is the perfect time for Ramirez to get back into the lineup as the Dodgers have won four-of-six series and are only seven games behind first place Arizona.
Before his second injury of the season, Ramirez was hitting .455 with one home run and one RBI in four games and should slide into the fifth spot in the lineup if it isn’t occupied by Kemp.
Adding another run producer in the lineup should take pressure off Kemp and Ethier to perform and hopefully provide protection for them in the order. Before last night, the bottom of the Dodgers order wasn’t producing and with Ramirez in the lineup, the team will pose a bigger threat offensively.