Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez had to leave this afternoon’s match against the Cubs after falling into the Wrigley Field stands attempting to catch a David DeJesus pop-up. Ramirez ranged to his right near the bullpen and snagged the ball before his momentum took him into the front row over the brick wall. He left with a “jammed shoulder”, per Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times, and was replaced by Nick Punto after going 0-for-2 with a walk.
Via SB Nation, here is a .gif of the catch that caused Ramirez’s injury:
Losing Ramirez for any length of time would be a huge blow for the red-hot Dodgers. Since he returned from a strained left hamstring, the Dodgers have won 36 of 53 games (.679). Ramirez has posted a 1.063 OPS and been one of the most valuable players in the National League.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.