Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was only supposed to miss a couple of games as a result of his sprained left shoulder, but the absences have continued to pile up and the Fish were forced to make an unfortunate decision late Wednesday night.
According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Ramirez was placed on the disabled list after Wednesday’s 6-2 loss to the Braves. The move was made retroactive to August 3, so the 27-year-old will be eligible to return around this time next week.
Ramirez is batting just .243/.333/.379 with 10 home runs, 16 doubles, zero triples, 45 RBI and 20 stolen bases through 385 plate appearances this season. He’s been caught stealing a whopping 10 times.
Emilio Bonifacio will continue handling the shortstop position while Hanley recovers.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.