To be fair, Hanley Ramirez warned us.
“I think it’s soon. I’m going to tweet it for my fans,” Ramirez said five days ago, asked when and where his rehabilitation assignment would begin.
“You can just tell us,” I replied.
“No,” he said.
So here was the “official” word Wednesday morning:
At Bakersfield tomorrow see you there!!!!!
— Hanley Ramirez (@HanleyRamirez) May 29, 2013
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes play the Bakersfield Blaze Thursday through Sunday before returning home Monday.
Ramirez has played four major-league games since Opening Day, the last coming May 3. His assignment with the Dodgers’ Single-A affiliate is good news, however it’s delivered, and it means Ramirez could be back with the Dodgers next week if his hamstring holds up.
Some bullet points for a Nigerian Democracy Day:
• My game story focused on Hyun-Jin Ryu and his first major-league shutout. One thing I didn’t include: Ryu wasn’t most proud of allowing just two hits, or throwing a complete game, or even getting the shutout. He was most proud of not walking a batter.
• Colleague Vincent Bonsignore wrote a column yesterday about Matt Kemp’s slump and how other streaky hitters get out of their slumps. Here’s another anecdote: Angels slugger Josh Hamilton watches video. “The biggest thing is to go back, take a section of time when you were doing really well, then take that video to what you’re doing right now,” Hamilton said, “then you continue to do the same things as far as your routine — whether it’s hitting off the tee, front flips, whatever the case may be — do all those things the same. Nothing needs to change. But you see the video, you compare it, then try to go do the same things you’ve done when you were successful.”
• Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire must not follow news on the Internet – on game days, at least. It was around 5:30 p.m. yesterday when I asked him if he knew Dr. Lewis Yocum, the renowned sports physician who died Saturday. Yes, McGwire knew him. No, McGwire didn’t know that Yocum had died, despite that the news was reported yesterday morning by hundreds of media outlets. Nothing wrong with that. Just interesting.
• Jayson Stark diagnoses the Dodgers for ESPN.com: “these parts just don’t fit. Their bullpen and defense don’t allow them to make a run. And their stars just don’t get the memo — and allow this season to drift into the annals of legendary $217 million debacles.”
• Who is the biggest goat in Dodgers history? (Hint: He’s retired, but still comes to the ballpark a lot.)
• Just when I thought I had come to the end of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David rope, I realize that no, they composed that song and it was first recorded in the 1960s too: “Always Something There To Remind Me,” by Lou Johnson.