Hanley Ramirez was once again absent from the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup Thursday due to irritation in his right shoulder for the third consecutive game.
Ramirez has been dealing with the minor injury over the last two weeks and hasn’t played shortstop since June 22. He was in the lineup June 23 with the Dodgers in Kansas City, but as the designated hitter.
With the Dodgers returning to Los Angeles Thursday, Ramirez met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache to undergo an MRI on the troublesome shoulder. According to the Dodgers, the results revealed no structural damage and he’ll be able to return once their is no longer pain:
The MRI on Hanley Ramirez’s right shoulder showed no structural damage. He is day to day and will be able when his pain subsides. #Dodgers
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 27, 2014
Ramirez has dealt with multiple bumps and bruises this season including, being hit by a pitch on his left hand, a bruised right thumb and calf soreness. Including Thursday, Ramirez has missed eight games this season due to the assortment of injuries.
Although he’s battled to remain healthy, Ramirez had shown consistency at the plate. On the Dodgers’ recent six-game road trip, he went 6-for-14 (.429) with two doubles and four RBIs and has his overall average up to .269.
With Ramirez in and out of the lineup the Dodgers turned to Erisbel Arruebarrena, Miguel Rojas and Carlos Triunfel to fill the void. While neither of the three infielders pose the same threat with the bat as Ramirez, they all are considered to carry a strong glove.
Arruebarrena was optioned down to the minors with Rojas’ arrival and Juan Uribe’s return has for the time being spelled the end of Triunfel’s stint with the Dodgers.
As Ramirez works to get healthy, the shortstop duties will likely fall on Rojas, who started at the position Thursday and perhaps Justin Turner if the Dodgers wish to get him playing time alongside Uribe.
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