Hanley Ramirez starts at third in Dodgers debut

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The suspicion was that Hanley Ramirez would play shortstop in Los Angeles with Dee Gordon on the disabled list, but he is starting at third tonight against the Cardinals in his Dodger debut.

His spot in the lineup is as predicted; he’s batting fifth behind Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier for now.

Ramirez hasn’t had any time to work out at shortstop since the trade with the Marlins was announced and he didn’t practice there with Miami this year, so it’s likely that the Dodgers are just playing him at third to buy some time until they can get him used to his old position again. Manager Don Mattingly said earlier today that, “it looks best with Hanley playing short for me.”

With Ramirez at third, Juan Uribe is on the bench tonight. Luis Cruz is playing shortstop.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.