Jose Lima's autopsy found no traces of drugs in his system

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Some people jumped to conclusions about Jose Lima’s death when he passed away in May from an apparent heart attack at age 37, but the autopsy report released today showed no traces of drugs in his system.
According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN.com Lima “tested positive for moderate levels of alcohol but that the cause of death is still undetermined after autopsy and toxicology studies.” The report states that Lima “likely died of a cardiac arrhythmia.”
Lima’s widow, Dorca Astacio, spoke to Rojas:

Now Jose will be able to rest in peace. Those of us who loved Jose have not only suffered his death, but also the quick judgments lashed out by many people about the supposed reasons for his death.

Lima last pitched in the majors for the Mets in 2006 and compiled an underwhelming career mark of 89-102 with a 5.26 ERA, but will be remembered for his “Lima Time” persona and going 21-10 with a 3.58 ERA for the Astros in 1999.

Erasmo Ramirez to be shut down with a minor lat strain

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Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been shut down for two weeks with a minor lat strain, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. It’s a precautionary move, as Ramirez felt some tightness in his arm and could not complete his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday.

There’s no word yet on whether Ramirez will be able to recover in time for the start of the season, though he’s expected to claim a rotation spot again this spring. The 28-year-old righty has been dogged by injuries throughout his six-year career, but finally managed to piece together a full season on the mound in back-to-back stints with the Rays and Mariners in 2017. He went 5-6 in 19 starts for the two clubs and turned in a cumulative 4.39 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 through 131 1/3 innings.

The Mariners are no stranger to pitcher injuries, either. They lost a number of their top arms to various elbow, arm and shoulder injuries last year and cycled through 40 total pitchers as they limped toward a 78-84 finish. Comments from club manager Scott Servais indicate that the team will keep a close eye on Ramirez throughout his recovery, though Divish notes that right-hander Andrew Moore and lefty Ariel Miranda could also slot into the no. 5 spot if Ramirez experiences further setbacks.