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.
Angels DH Albert Pujols passed Mark McGwire for sole possession of 10th place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard, slugging his 584th career home run in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Blue Jays.
Mike Trout had already slugged a solo home run off of Jays starter Marco Estrada to bring Pujols to the dish. Pujols jumped on an 0-1 cut fastball, sending it out to left-center field, clearing the fence by a few feet.
Pujols, who finished 4-for-4 with the homer and an RBI double, is batting .257/.321/.441 with 24 home runs and 99 RBI on the year. His next target on the home run leaderboard is Frank Robinson at 586.
Orioles closer Zach Britton had appeared in a major league record 43 consecutive games without allowing an earned run, spanning May 5 to August 22. That streak came to an end on Wednesday evening against the Nationals.
The Orioles entered the bottom of the ninth inning holding a 10-3 lead, but reliever Parker Bridwell immediately found himself in hot water. He yielded back-to-back singles to Danny Espinosa and Clint Robinson. He was able to strike out Trea Turner, but walked Jayson Werth to load the bases. Daniel Murphy then crushed his first career grand slam to make it a 10-7 game. That prompted manager Buck Showalter to bring in Britton.
Britton, too, was knocked around. He served up a single to Bryce Harper, followed by a double to Anthony Rendon that scored Harper, pushing the score to 10-8 and ending Britton’s streak. Wilson Ramos reached on a fielder’s choice back to Britton, but the lefty finally finished the game by getting Ryan Zimmerman to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Britton now holds a nice 0.69 ERA with 38 saves and a 61/16 K/BB ratio in 52 innings of work this season.