Manny Ramirez’s playing time in big-league camp will be limited going forward because the A’s need to give at-bats to players who aren’t suspended for the first 50 games of the season.
Ramirez has just eight at-bats in major-league games so far and manager Bob Melvin told Jane Lee of MLB.com that most of his action will come in minor-league games. And according to Melvin at least, Ramirez is enthusiastic about that plan:
He wants to go over there. He tells me, “Hey look, don’t worry about me. I know you’re under the gun to get other guys at-bats.” He’s been great about that.
If true, that’s certainly a different version of Ramirez than the one often painted by the media, although at this point he doesn’t have much of a choice.
Daric Barton, Seth Smith, and Jonny Gomes are among the players likely to get at-bats at designated hitter ahead of Ramirez.
Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports that Mets second baseman Neil Walker is expected to undergo season-ending surgery to fix a herniated disk in his lower back. Walker has avoided the disabled list but hasn’t played since last Saturday and has only two starts since August 22.
If Walker does indeed go under the knife, he’ll end his first season with the Mets with a terrific .282/.347/.476 triple-slash line with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 458 plate appearances. While the Mets couldn’t have foreseen Daniel Murphy having such a terrific season, Walker was more than adequate in Murphy’s shoes at second base.
Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores have handled second base in Walker’s absence and will continue to do so through the remainder of the season.
Rockies 1B/OF Stephen Cardullo celebrated his 29th birthday on Wednesday, so the rookie decided to celebrate by homering in both games of his team’s doubleheader at home against the Dodgers.
In the first game, Cardullo pinch-hit for Chris Rusin in the seventh inning and drilled a solo home run off of Casey Fien. In the second game, Cardullo smacked a grand slam to left-center field off of Bud Norris in the first inning.
Cardullo made his major league debut this past Friday. He was hitless in his first five at-bats before singling as a pinch-hitter on Monday.