Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is not in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Brewers, a day after exiting in the first inning after one at-bat. Miguel Rojas will get the start in Ramirez’s stead, batting eighth.
Ramirez experienced tightness in his right side while taking batting practice prior to last night’s game. In his first-inning at-bat against Kyle Lohse, he swung twice and missed, but was able to work a six-pitch walk. He reportedly underwent an MRI on his side earlier today, but results are not yet known.
Ramirez, 30, has battled a litany of injuries this season including a thumb contusion, a calf strain, shoulder inflammation, and now his right side. When he has been healthy enough to play, Ramirez has been productive, owning a .277/.367/.455 with 12 home runs and 58 RBI.
The Dodgers have reinstated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list after his recovery from a herniated disc. To make room for him they have optioned Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Gonzalez last played on June 11. Since then the Dodgers have gone an astounding 46-9, with shoe-in rookie of the year candidate Cody Bellinger handling first base duties and posting a .978 OPS. When Gonzalez went down he was hitting .255/.304/.339 and only one homer in 49 games.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of playing time he gets going forward. The Dodgers, of course, have a comfortable lead in the NL West, so they could afford to allow Gonzalez to play a good bit to see if his bat sharpens up while simultaneously giving Bellinger, who has never played more than 137 games in a season, a bit of a breather. Beyond that, though, the Dodgers ain’t broke, so it’s hard to see why anyone would want to tinker with things.
The Tampa Bay Rays have activated outfielder Kevin Kiermaier from the 60-day disabled list.
Kiermaier, who fractured his hip in early June, is batting leadoff and playing center field in tonight’s game against the Mariners. He was just 3-for-24 on his rehab assignment, but those aren’t usually predictive of anything. He was hitting .258/.329/.408 when he went down. Getting his bat — and, more importantly, his glove — back in the lineup will boost the struggling Rays in their quest for a playoff spot.