Shortstop Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and a solo home run on Friday against the Padres, but exited in the eighth inning after injuring his left leg. He was initially not in Saturday’s starting lineup, with Miguel Rojas in shortstop in his stead. But after a quick workout in front of manager Don Mattingly and trainer Stan Conte, Ramirez squeaked his way into the lineup, as Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Ramirez had spent time on the disabled list between August 9-24 with a strained oblique. Though nagged by myriad injuries throughout the year, it was his first stint on the disabled list this season.
Over 422 plate appearances, Ramirez has been quite productive, slashing .276/.363/.457 with 13 home runs, 60 RBI, and 12 stolen bases. He can become a free agent after the season.
Long-time rotation mainstay Tom Koehler was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on Monday and reliever Hunter Cervenka was recalled, the Marlins announced.
Koehler, 31, made 131 starts out of the Marlins’ rotation over the last five years, but his 12 this season have not been good, so the club hopes he can figure things out with a stint in the minors. He’s carrying a 7.92 ERA with a 44/29 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. Koehler battled bursitis in his right shoulder in May and June, which may partially explain his struggles.
Cervenka, 27, posted a 4.50 ERA with a 34/21 K/BB ratio in 34 innings of relief with New Orleans. He hasn’t pitched in the majors yet this season, but compiled a 3.53 ERA over 43 1/3 innings in the bigs last year in the Marlins’ bullpen.
At the trade deadline, relief pitching is the name of the game and one of the names clearly available is Pat Neshek. Today Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Nationals, Dodgers, and Red Sox are among the clubs who are closely scouting the Phillies reliever. Last week Ken Rosenthal reported that the Brewers and Rays were involved as well.
Neshek is an impending free agent, so he may come cheaper than Justin Wilson or some of the other bullpen arms available right now. The All-Star is 36 and is posting a fantastic season, featuring a 1.12 ERA and 45/5 K/BB ratio over 40.1 innings this season.