Hanley Ramirez hit a bubble-inducing homer last night, but then the night got worse for him: he left the game in the seventh inning with a bruised right finger after taking a sharp grounder off his hand. The Dodgers said X-rays were negative and that Ramirez’s status was day to day.
This is not the first time Ramirez has had issues with that hand. He tore a tendon in the thumb of the same hand diving for a ball in the World Baseball Classic in 2013.
After the game, Don Mattingly said that Ramirez would likely miss “a couple of games,” but you never know with “day-to-day.”
Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.
Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.
As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.