Hanley Ramirez hit a bubble-inducing homer last night, but then the night got worse for him: he left the game in the seventh inning with a bruised right finger after taking a sharp grounder off his hand. The Dodgers said X-rays were negative and that Ramirez’s status was day to day.
This is not the first time Ramirez has had issues with that hand. He tore a tendon in the thumb of the same hand diving for a ball in the World Baseball Classic in 2013.
After the game, Don Mattingly said that Ramirez would likely miss “a couple of games,” but you never know with “day-to-day.”
Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres have traded closer Brad Hand to the Cleveland Indians. No details have yet been reported on the return.
Hand, the Padres’ All-Star closer, has a 3.05 ERA and 65/15 K/BB ratio and 24 saves over over 44.1 innings of work this season. In addition to helping an Indians bullpen which has struggled mightily this season, Hand will provide an insurance policy for the next two seasons given that both Andrew Miller and Cody Allen are due to hit free agency this winter. Hand, meanwhile, is under contract for this year and next for a total of $13.5 million, with a $10 million club option for 2021.
We’ll update further when the players heading back to San Diego are known.