Hanley Ramirez could be shut down with sore elbow

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Still hurting Tuesday in his return to Florida’s lineup after getting five days off, Hanley Ramirez could be shut down for the rest of the season because of an elbow injury.
Ramirez began experiencing discomfort in his non-throwing elbow about a week before the Marlins decided to shut him down. He was given five straight days off and he reported improvement Tuesday before returning to the lineup and going 1-for-4 against the Mets. Unfortunately, it seems he aggravated his condition then, which could lead to tests this week. And manager Edwin Rodriguez wasn’t sure whether he’d play again.
“We have to leave that door open,” Rodriguez told the Miami Herald when asked if Ramirez could be shut down. “We have to do what’s in the best interest of the organization.”
If Ramirez is done, he’ll finish a disappointing 2010 season with a .300/.378/.475 line, 21 homers, 76 RBI and 32 steals in 141 games. Of course, just about any shortstop in any era would be thrilled with such a year. Ramirez, though, had posted OPSs over 940 in three straight seasons before dropped to 853 this year.

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.