Marlins' Hanley Ramirez Out For The Season

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Hanley Ramirez Injury: Marlins Shortstop Out For Season, May Face Shoulder Surgery

On August 2, Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez injured his left shoulder while diving for a ball in New York. The team called him “day-to-day” for eight days before finally placing him on the disabled list.

Ramirez had been on rehab assignment with Jupiter of the High-A Florida State League, hitting .476 (10-for-21) in six games, but that assignment ended ominously on Tuesday, according to the Miami Herald:

Ramirez took himself out of a minor-league rehab game Tuesday with Single A Jupiter when he felt a “pop” in his shoulder while taking swings in the on-deck circle and returned to Miami for a medical evaluation.

The Herald article goes on to say that a team doctor has recommended surgery on the shoulder:

A baseball source said it has not yet been decided whether Ramirez will undergo arthroscopic or open surgery, as further testing still needs to be performed. But the source said Ramirez will likely heed whatever the doctors advise.

Ramirez will miss the rest of the 2011 season but the report indicated he should be ready for spring training. Missing the rest of this season may not be the worst thing for Ramirez; he is having the worst year of his career, hitting just .243/.333/.379 in 92 games.

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Hanley Ramirez Injury: Marlins Shortstop Hits DL With Shoulder Sprain

When Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez injured his shoulder diving for a pop-up, he looked badly injured, and the fear was that he'd have to go on the disabled list. When Hanley came away diagnosed with a simple shoulder sprain, those fears were alleviated, and he was thought to be day-to-day. Well, now let's split those down the middle:

Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was placed on the disabled list with a sprained left shoulder.

Ramirez is not badly hurt, but he is going on the DL. He hasn't gotten into the lineup since injuring himself on August 2, and now the Marlins have decided to give him extra time to heal up so that they can play with a full roster again. It's kind of annoying to play with a 25-man roster when one of the 25 is unavailable for several days in a row.

Ramirez's stint is retroactive to August 3, so he's eligible to return in just over a week. Emilio Bonifacio will continue manning short in his absence. As it happens, the Marlins haven't won since Ramirez got hurt.

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Hanley Ramirez Injury: Marlins Shortstop Day-To-Day With Shoulder Sprain

What a relief! Tuesday night, Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez sustained what looked to be a pretty nasty shoulder injury when he dove after a shallow fly ball to left field. Ramirez came away in absolute agony, and the immediate suspicion was that the shoulder might have been dislocated or separated. But a press booth announcement has eased concern. Joe Capozzi:

Hanley Ramirez has a left shoulder sprain, day to day

All things considered, that's not bad at all. Ramirez will still miss some action, and the Marlins won't rush him back, given that they're basically out of the race and Ramirez has a history of shoulder problems, but it doesn't look like he'll need to go on the disabled list. That's a small miracle, what with how Ramirez reacted to the injury when it happened.

I'm just spitballing here, but from the sounds of things, Ramirez should resume his pursuit of the Mr. Marlin title by the upcoming weekend. Coming at you, Jeff Conine.

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