Shortstop Hanley Ramirez was absent from the Marlins' lineup on Tuesday, and the team still rolled over the Diamondbacks. Even so, with Hanley being the best player on the roster, it isn't in the Marlins' best interests to keep him sitting on the bench, and it seems that Ramirez could very well return to the lineup Wednesday night:
Fredi Gonzalez was just on WQAM-560 AM and told host Orlando Alzugaray that he "would be really surprised" if Hanley Ramirez is not back in the lineup when the Marlins open a two-game series in St. Louis against the Cardinals.
"It's going to get resolved one way or the other today," Gonzalez said during the interview. "I would be really surprised if he's not in the lineup today. We'll take care of it and he'll be in the three hole and playing shortstop."
It would appear that the only thing standing between Ramirez and a return is an apology to his teammates and coaches. It hasn't happened yet, but with some distance from the original incident, one would assume it'll happen before the game now that everything's simmered down a little.