“Growing sense in Marlins clubhouse” that Hanley Ramirez won’t play again this season

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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.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.

Ervin Santana gets Opening Day nod from Twins again

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Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.

The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.

Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.