Hanley Ramirez worried shoulder injury will last all season

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Hanley Ramirez has avoided the disabled list so far, but the Dodgers shortstop continues to have discomfort a week after injuring his right shoulder.

“Hopefully it’s not something I have to deal with the rest of the season,” Ramirez told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. “I’m just worried if I am going to keep feeling that every time I throw the ball. If I have to play like that, I’ll play.”

He has shown some improvement and Shaikin reports that the Dodgers’ trainers have assured him the injury will continue to get better, but Ramirez remains bothered by the jammed shoulder despite sitting out seven straight starts.

Ramirez has started just 47 of the 117 games this season, but when healthy enough to be in the lineup he’s been fantastic while hitting .359 with 11 homers and a 1.050 OPS to top his 2012 production by nearly 300 points.

Reds ink Oliver Perez to a minor-league deal

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The Reds have signed free agent reliever Oliver Perez to a minor-league contract, the team announced Saturday. The deal comes with a major-league invite and could be worth $1.25 million if Perez secures a roster spot this spring, with an additional $500,000 in potential performance bonuses.

Perez, 36, is coming off of a two-year run with the Nationals. He produced a 4.64 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 an d10.6 SO/9 through 50 relief appearances and 33 innings with the club in 2017. The veteran lefty hasn’t kept an ERA under 4.00 in at least four seasons, but he continues to be undeniably solid against left-handed batters, holding them to a .227/.301/.364 batting line over 18 1/3 innings last year.

While returning southpaw Wandy Peralta appears to have locked down a bullpen spot already, Perez will still compete for another role against fellow left-handers Cody Reed and Amir Garrett, both of whom also have experience in the rotation. If Perez doesn’t break camp with the team, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon notes, he’ll be permitted to opt out of his contract. The Reds are currently looking to bounce back from a dismal performance in 2017, one in which their bullpen ranked 28th among major league teams with a collective 5.63 ERA and -1.2 fWAR.