Hanley Ramirez received a cortisone shot in his shoulder

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As we heard this morning, Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was held out of the lineup for the second straight game due to irritation in the AC joint in his right shoulder. According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said this afternoon that Ramirez actually got a cortisone shot in his shoulder on Wednesday night and wasn’t even available to pinch-hit today.

Ramirez is expected to sit out again tomorrow at the very least, but the hope is that he’ll be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list.

“Hanley came in today feeling much better, so there’s actually been a lot of success with those shots,” Mattingly said.

As opposed to last season, Ramirez has remained mostly healthy so far this season, appearing in 63 of the Dodgers’ 68 games. While he hasn’t been nearly as productive with the bat as he was last year, he’s still hitting .255 with 10 home runs and an .800 OPS. The 30-year-old is currently in his walk year.

Five minor leaguers suspended for drug violations

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NEW YORK (AP) Five minor league pitchers have been suspended for drug violations.

The commissioner’s office announced the penalties Tuesday.

Three of the players are part of the Toronto system. Right-hander Juan Jimenez and left-hander Naswell Paulino were each suspended for 72 games, and righty Jol Concepcion was banned for 60 games. Jimenez, Paulino and Concepcion tested for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance.

Jimenez and Paulino are on the roster for the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Blue Jays, and Concepcion is on the roster of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Blue Jays.

Kansas City minor leaguer Travis Eckert and free-agent lefty Kevin Duchene each tested positive for a drug of abuse. Eckert was suspended for 50 games following a second positive test, and Duchene received a 100-game penalty following a third positive test.

Eckert is on the roster for Single-A Lexington of the South Atlantic League.

There have been 79 suspensions under the minor league drug program this year and five under the major league program.