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Hanley Ramirez out of the lineup with lingering elbow pain

Sep 17, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

Following an off day yesterday Hanley Ramirez wanted to be in the Marlins’ lineup tonight despite a sore left elbow, but manager Edwin Rodriguez opted to rest him:

His elbow was sore on Wednesday, so on Wednesday he said he’d try to play and I didn’t like what I saw. He came in today and said he was ready to play but he’s pretty much in the same condition he was on Wednesday. So, I decided not to play him. He said he couldn’t check swing. It was affecting starting to swing and finishing the swing.

Ramirez has been bothered by elbow pain for the past couple weeks now, but has hit .320/.424/.500 this month while missing just one previous start. Emilio Bonifacio is starting at shortstop and leading off in his absence and Ramirez is expected to be back in the lineup tomorrow.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 17, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Batting around .300 with 21 homers and 75 ribbies, this would have been a pretty good season for most ballplayers but it has been a substandard year for Hanley, about 40 BA points off his pace from last year. It seems to me that perhaps he’s been hurting and keeping much of it to himself this season, even if some of the hot-dog derision he’s had to listen to had a bit of substance to it.
    Knowing that Hanley has already signed his fat extension for the next few years, I’m rather less inclined than I would have been to think that Scrooge McLoria had that hideous “341” amulet he gave Hanley at the beginning of the season (and which Hanley has generally had the good taste not to wear) cursed by a local Santera to drive down the guy’s arbitration haul.

  2. Old Gator - Sep 17, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    Well, since Craig isn’t serving up an ATH tomorrow morning, I suppose I ought to report tonight that the Feesh quit on Edwin Rodriguez and played like they had poopy in their pants tonight. They played with all the enthusiasm of a Democratic pollster. Carlos Marmol dug himself a hole but whiffed Cousins with a ball in the dirt to end a threat in the ninth, keeping a 2-0 win for Ryan Dempster from the dumpster. The Feesh were a model of situational non-hitting tonight, wasting another really good start from rookie Alex Sanabia (who is proving a really pleasant and unexpected surprise) and failing miserably to take advantage of a couple of Cubs fielding fudges. And as a reward, splat! The Feesh find themselves unable to resist the enticements of the Strange Attractor – for the twenty third time this season. I guess they feel there’s stability in equilibrium.
    There’s also a different, and more gratifying, form of equilibrium that comes from having position players actually playing at their positions. Is it truly beyond the realm of possibility that the Feesh will score an actual third baseman, even at a discount, to play third base next season, or will they insist on returning Chris Coghlan, with his bionic knee, to el rincon caliente?

  3. John_Michael - Sep 18, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Yes, I’ve cascaded through the mercury mules.
    I’m enlightened to reason that imbeciles cannot swim and that war is god, but who am I to judge.

  4. Old Gator - Sep 18, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    The ultimate game, in search of its ultimate practitioner.
    Heh. And all along I thought he was talking about baseball.

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