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Hanley Ramirez limited to pinch-running for rest of season

Sep 28, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

After sitting out a week with an elbow injury Hanley Ramirez played last night, but was limited to pinch-running duties and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that he’s “basically out for the season.”
Ramirez will continue to be available as a runner, but won’t be able to hit or play defense in the Marlins’ final six games. That means he’ll finish the season hitting .300/.378/.475 with 21 homers and 32 steals in 142 games, which is both an excellent year for a shortstop and a big dropoff from his 2007-2009 production.
During that three-year stretch he posted OPS totals of .948, .940, and .953, while this year’s mark is “only” .853. Of course, an .853 OPS still ranks second to only Troy Tulowitzki among all MLB shortstops. Ramirez has been merely All-Star caliber instead of MVP caliber.

  1. birdmancometh - Sep 28, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Poor Padres fans…Lucky Craig…

  2. birdmancometh - Sep 28, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    And will Dan Uggla come down with a vagina injury?

  3. Kiwicricket - Sep 28, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Depends what Dan gets up to in the evenings after the ballgame

  4. John_Michael - Sep 28, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Aaron, does Ramirez have anything in his contract that gives him bonus pay if he keeps his average above .300? This question is in regards to Craig’s previous post about managers limiting or increasing playing time to achieve/prevent players from hitting their performance based bonuses.

  5. Old Gator - Sep 28, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Well, you know what they say, Birdy – two’s androgyny, three’s a crowd.

  6. John_Michael - Sep 28, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    I ask this knowing that ‘Scrooge McLoria’ would do everything in his power to send Han-Ram back onto the field to give his BA an opportunity to fall below bonus level if there were a bonus to be had. But maybe the lame duck manager is giving a nice little FU to ownership.

  7. Old Gator - Sep 28, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    Lame duck? He reminds me more of the AFLAC duck in the barbecue table commercial, catching it from all sides.

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