Hanley Ramirez spent the minimum time on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle. (Getty Images)
was in the Dodgers’ starting lineup Sunday for the first time since he strained a right oblique muscle August 8 in Milwaukee. Ramirez was batting fourth then, and has batted either second, third or fourth every time he’s been in the lineup this year.
Why is he batting fifth today?
“I wanted to let Hanley get back into the flow,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s been a little bit of time. He doesn’t really have a history with (New York Mets starter Bartolo) Colon. Matt’s got a little history.”
Dee Gordon is leading off, Yasiel Puig is batting second, Adrian Gonzalez is third and Matt Kemp fourth — the same order Mattingly has used in 10 of the 13 games since Ramirez was placed on the disabled list.
“We’re not really going to try to be that cautious,” Mattingly said. “We’re going to play him. We’re not going to run him into the ground. If he’s not feeling good we’re going to give him a break. With the days off coming, just kind of play it by ear. Play one, got one off. Play two, got another one off. Then we’ve got six in a row. Unless we’ve got something going on, he should be fairly rested.”
The Dodgers recalled Erisbel Arruebarrena from the Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers, where he had been rehabbing. Evidently, the rookie shortstop’s sore shoulder was the only reason he wasn’t recalled sooner. Carlos Triunfel, who got the call-up Saturday when Juan Uribe was placed on the 15-day disabled list, was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Arruebarrena has played some second base and third base this season for Triple-A Albuquerque. His job with the Dodgers will be at shortstop, where he saw action in eight games in May and June, making no errors and batting .313 (5 for 16).
Hanley Ramirez is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle. (Getty Images)
turned a few heads Saturday by taking ground balls at third base before the Dodgers’ game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
That was the point, manager Don Mattingly said Sunday.
“I think he likes making everybody raise their eyes and making me answer questions,” Mattingly said.
Question: will Ramirez be a third baseman once he’s activated from the 15-day disabled list?
“No real talk of that,” Mattingly said.
MILWAUKEE–Darwin Barney’s flight landed here at 5 a.m. Sunday. A new uniform was waiting for him at Miller Park with number 30 on his back. A new position was waiting for him, too.
Barney, a second baseman for most of his professional life, might need to help the Dodgers more at shortstop — one of two positions (along with third base) he was asked to learn at Triple-A Albuquerque. Hanley Ramirez strained his right oblique muscle in the batting cage Friday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time this season, retroactive to Saturday.
Ramirez underwent an MRI scan Sautrday. Results have not been made available to the media.
Barney said he’s comfortable playing shortstop. He played three innings Saturday night in Las Vegas with Albuquerque, then flew out at 11:30 pm.
Hanley Ramirez walked in his only plate appearance Friday in Milwaukee. (Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE — Hanley Ramirez
is not in the lineup one day after pain in his right side forced him to leave the Dodgers’ game against the Brewers. Ramirez walked in his only plate appearance Friday in the Dodgers’ 9-3 loss.
Ramirez was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today. The results haven’t been made available yet. Ramirez hasn’t been placed on the disabled list this season.
Update (2:45 p.m.): Ramirez was scheduled to undergo the MRI around 2 p.m. PST, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, for an injury involving his oblique muscle. “They’re pretty serious as far as I’m concerned,” Mattingly said, “because they don’t allow you to do anything. That’s the area. The MRI will give us a good indication of severity, swelling, bleeding or any of that stuff.”
Miguel Rojas is starting at shortstop in Ramirez’s place. The full lineup:
Dee Gordon 2B
Yasiel Puig CF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Matt Kemp RF
Carl Crawford LF
Juan Uribe 3B
A.J. Ellis C
Miguel Rojas SS
Zack Greinke P
MILWAUKEE — Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez batted only once Friday against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse. He swung and missed twice, took four balls out of the strike zone, and took his free pass to first base. He didn’t have to slide, didn’t have to move up a base, and didn’t score. Just like that, his day was over.
Miguel Rojas took Ramirez’s place at shortstop to begin the bottom of the first inning.
According to the Dodgers, Ramirez left the game with “right side tightness” and is day-to-day.
Ramirez hasn’t spent any time on the disabled list this season, but he’s been sidelined repeatedly with shoulder ailments and missed a total of 17 games. The circumstances of this road trip aren’t helping much. The Dodgers flew overnight from LAX to Milwaukee. At least one player (not Ramirez) was complaining of neck stiffness before the game.
More updates as we get ‘em.
SAN FRANCISCO >> Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig are in the Dodgers’ starting lineup for the first time since Saturday.
The pain in their injured left hands had subsided enough to allow both players to take batting practice Friday at AT&T Park.
“Yasiel the other day, we were cautious with him in Pittsburgh,” Mattingly said. “He pinch hit so we knew he was ready. Hanley, we were hoping today. He came in feeling good, so that extra day give him a better chance to be healthy.”
Ramirez is batting fourth and playing shortstop. Puig is starting in center field for the first time all season after playing only one inning at the position prior to today — the ninth inning Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
“He’s played it before,” Mattingly said. “He played it in Toronto (last season) and he played it at home a little bit. It’s not his first time out there.”
When pressed, Mattingly emphasized that the defensive alignment of Carl Crawford in left field, Puig in center and Matt Kemp in right is the best he can field given the Dodgers’ current personnel.
“At this point, it’s what it is,” Mattingly said. “It could be a day, could be a week, could be forever. I don’t think we really know. We know (Puig) is physically capable of handling that spot.”
Hanley Ramirez did not taking batting practice Monday, one day after he was hit in the left hand and left shoulder by pitches in St. Louis. (Associated Press photo)
PITTSBURGH >> Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez are not in the Dodgers’ lineup for the second consecutive day.
The Dodgers will use the same lineup against Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Vance Worley that led to a 5-2 win Monday, with Matt Kemp starting in right field, Andre Ethier in center field and Carl Crawford in left. Before Monday, Kemp hadn’t started a game in right field since October 2009.
Puig was hit in the left hand by a Joe Kelly pitch on Saturday in St. Louis. Ramirez was hit in the left hand by a Trevor Rosenthal pitch Sunday. X-rays on both players revealed no broken bones, but they were still too hurt to take batting practice Monday. Puig was said to be closer to returning than Ramirez.
Josh Beckett was activated from the 15-day disabled list and will start the game for the Dodgers. Left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was hit by pitches twice Sunday in St. Louis. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
PITTSBURGH >> The second round of x-rays on the left hands of Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig aren’t in at the moment. The Dodgers aren’t expecting to see any fractures, but both players are on the bench to begin a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Update (4:00 p.m.): x-rays on both players’ left hands came back negative.
“Hanley’s sore. Yasiel is still a bit sore,” manager Don Mattingly said Monday. “Hanley, we’re not going to try to do anything with. Yasiel, as the day goes on, we’ll see if he can do anything.”
Both players are listed as reserves, with Matt Kemp starting in right field for the first time since 2009 and Justin Turner starting at shortstop for the first time since May 1. The Dodgers’ bench could be a short one, with Drew Butera, Miguel Rojas and Scott Van Slyke the only options if Puig and Ramirez can’t go.
Puig was hit on the hand in the Dodgers’ loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. Ramirez was hit in the hand (and the shoulder) in the Dodgers’ win on Sunday. Neither player had any protective apparatus covering his hand in the clubhouse Monday afternoon.