News Flash: Billy Hamilton was thrown out stealing

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Well, it had to happen eventually. I just didn’t think it’d happen today. Billy Hamilton was just thrown out stealing. With Daisuke Matsuzaka on the mound of all people.

Hamilton reached first base on an infield single. He might have been out — it looked close — but he was called safe. He took off on the exceedingly slow-working Dice-K on the second pitch. But Mets catcher Juan Centeno gunned him down.

Probably worth noting that while Dice-K is a slow worker, once he finally comes set and goes to the plate, he’s not particularly slower in terms of windup and stuff as anyone else. It does feel weird, though, that the fastest man this side of The Flash was tossed while Dice-K was pitching.

Hats off to Juan Centeno, though.

Erasmo Ramirez to be shut down with a minor lat strain

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Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been shut down for two weeks with a minor lat strain, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. It’s a precautionary move, as Ramirez felt some tightness in his arm and could not complete his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday.

There’s no word yet on whether Ramirez will be able to recover in time for the start of the season, though he’s expected to claim a rotation spot again this spring. The 28-year-old righty has been dogged by injuries throughout his six-year career, but finally managed to piece together a full season on the mound in back-to-back stints with the Rays and Mariners in 2017. He went 5-6 in 19 starts for the two clubs and turned in a cumulative 4.39 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 through 131 1/3 innings.

The Mariners are no stranger to pitcher injuries, either. They lost a number of their top arms to various elbow, arm and shoulder injuries last year and cycled through 40 total pitchers as they limped toward a 78-84 finish. Comments from club manager Scott Servais indicate that the team will keep a close eye on Ramirez throughout his recovery, though Divish notes that right-hander Andrew Moore and lefty Ariel Miranda could also slot into the no. 5 spot if Ramirez experiences further setbacks.