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.
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have inked outfielder Eric Young, Jr. to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Young, 31, played in just six games and logged one plate appearance in the majors this past season with the Yankees. He last played regularly in 2014. While Young doesn’t do much with the bat, he could provide value as a pinch-runner. He also offers versatility, having played all three outfield positions along with second base.
The Angels have Ben Revere as their fourth outfielder and Jefry Marte behind him, so Young would need to have a very impressive showing in spring training to find a spot on the Angels’ roster.
Update (5:20 PM EST): It’s a minor league contract, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. If he makes the major league roster, Saltalamacchia will earn $1.25 million with an additional $250,000 available through incentives.
The Blue Jays are close to a deal with free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet is reporting.
Saltalamacchia, 31, hit a meager .171/.284/.346 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 292 plate appearances with the Tigers this past season. With Russell Martin getting regular playing time behind the plate, Saltalamacchia will serve as his understudy, pushing A.J. Jimenez and Juan Graterol down on the depth chart.
The veteran catcher isn’t far removed from being a productive backstop. He had an .805 OPS in 70 games with the Diamondbacks in 2015 and also helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013 with an .804 OPS in 121 games.