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Marlins likely to place Hanley Ramirez on disabled list Monday

Jun 5, 2011, 9:46 AM EDT

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Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez hasn’t improved since revealing to reporters last Monday that he couldn’t put his shoes on due to lingering discomfort in his lower back and upper left leg.

According to Manny Navarro, beat writer for the Miami Herald, Ramirez is likely to be placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday morning.

An MRI taken last week showed only inflammation, but it’s the kind of inflammation that isn’t going to suddenly disappear. Hanley needs rest, and the Marlins need to free up a 25-man roster spot so that they’re no longer playing a man short.

Ramirez is off to a frighteningly slow start this season, batting just .210 with a .306 on-base percentage and .309 slugging percentage through 207 plate appearances. He has just four home runs, 10 total extra-base hits, and has been caught stealing on six of his 11 attempts. Perhaps the rest will do him some good.

  1. 2 Think Good - Jun 5, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    I remember Tim Kurkjian making it a point of saying how much bigger Ramirez looked in his upper body this spring training. If we are looking for clues of what has gone wrong with his swing this year and factor in the back injury, a case can be made he bulked up too much.

    • Old Gator - Jun 5, 2011 at 11:07 PM

      The thing is, though, that he was already skidding last season. He finished up batting .300 and all of his offensive numbers were way down since Scrooge McLoria endowed him with that accursed diamond-studded “342” monkey’s paw. He say fuck you Jobu and anger the lwa. That, plus if you factor in the time he kept playing with his back aflame, he probably did a lot more harm to what could have been a minor injury – and I suspect that mere fact obviates that he “bulked up” too much. If his bulking up has anything to do with his performance, it may be that it convinced him to try to kill the ball with every swing. The old Hanley could spray the ball to all fields, much like his pegs to first base.

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