Hanley Ramirez is eligible to return from the disabled list two weeks after spraining his left shoulder, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post writes that “there’s a growing sense in the Marlins clubhouse” that he’ll miss the remainder of the season.
No one has ruled out Ramirez returning and manager Jack McKeon spoke about how “we need him” for the final month, but according to Capozzi “his return would surprise many people in the organization.”
Ramirez previously underwent surgery on the same shoulder in 2007, but had never missed more than 20 games in a season before this year. He’s already missed 31 games and hit just .243 with 10 homers and a .712 OPS before the injury, posting career-worst numbers across the board at age 27.
Based on Capozzi’s article it seems clear that some people within the Marlins organization believe he can come back from the sprained shoulder in September, so remaining on the DL certainly won’t help his already damaged reputation in Florida whether the injury warrants it or not.
The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.
Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.
Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.