The Marlins are definitely considering moving Hanley Ramirez

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Last week there was some brief brouhaha over the Marlins trading Hanley Ramirez to the Red Sox for Carl Crawford, but that died pretty quickly and, in hindsight, seems like one of those “I’m bored, what do you wanna do/I don’t know, what do you wanna do” conversations.  But the Marlins may be a bit more serious than that. Scott Miller for CBS Sports.com:

Clubs who have spoken with the Marlins think more moves will follow, sources tell CBSSports.com. There is a strong belief that the Marlins would like to deal Ramirez, who has not produced under first-year manager Ozzie Guillen the way they hoped he would.

Ramirez is signed through 2014 and is owned the remainder of his $12 million for this season plus $31.5 million more for 2013-14. That’s a decent deal if Ramirez snap back into something approaching his 2006-10 form.

But given where his head is these days — punching fans and forgetting to take his medicine, leading to an infection — Ramirez figuring anything out seems like a tall order.

Clayton Kershaw might return to the Dodgers’ rotation next week

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Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.

Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.

Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.