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.
Veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon was released from his minor league deal with the Rangers on Saturday, MLB.com’s TR Sullivan reports. Despite his strong showing in spring training, Colon wasn’t considered a lock to make the Opening Day rotation. This may not be the end of his time with the team, however — according to multiple reports, the Rangers have expressed their desire to restructure a minor league deal with the right-hander and could work out an arrangement to keep him on as bullpen and Triple-A depth this season.
Colon, 44, is preparing for his 21st year in the majors. He split his 2017 campaign with the Braves and Twins, posting a cumulative 7-14 record in 28 starts and finishing the season with a 6.48 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 5.6 SO/9 in 143 innings. While those numbers were some of the worst he’d seen since 2009, the veteran righty made a compelling case in camp this spring, holding batters to six earned runs, four home runs, two walks and 10 strikeouts in 18 innings.
The Rangers are expected to open the season with a rotation comprised of Cole Hamels, Doug Fister, Matt Moore, Mike Minor and Martin Perez. Perez is working his way back from an elbow injury in his non-throwing arm and is slated to miss his first start of the season, which would provide a brief window of opportunity for Colon when the Rangers hit the road in April.