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.
Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports that Mets second baseman Neil Walker is expected to undergo season-ending surgery to fix a herniated disk in his lower back. Walker has avoided the disabled list but hasn’t played since last Saturday and has only two starts since August 22.
If Walker does indeed go under the knife, he’ll end his first season with the Mets with a terrific .282/.347/.476 triple-slash line with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 458 plate appearances. While the Mets couldn’t have foreseen Daniel Murphy having such a terrific season, Walker was more than adequate in Murphy’s shoes at second base.
Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores have handled second base in Walker’s absence and will continue to do so through the remainder of the season.
Rockies 1B/OF Stephen Cardullo celebrated his 29th birthday on Wednesday, so the rookie decided to celebrate by homering in both games of his team’s doubleheader at home against the Dodgers.
In the first game, Cardullo pinch-hit for Chris Rusin in the seventh inning and drilled a solo home run off of Casey Fien. In the second game, Cardullo smacked a grand slam to left-center field off of Bud Norris in the first inning.
Cardullo made his major league debut this past Friday. He was hitless in his first five at-bats before singling as a pinch-hitter on Monday.