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Hanley Ramirez could return to majors as early as Tuesday

Jun 8, 2011, 10:25 PM EDT

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The Marlins placed shortstop Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list just a few days ago with pain in his lower back, but he is already nearing the start of a minor league rehab assignment.

According to Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post, Marlins skipper Edwin Rodriguez told reporters on Wednesday that Ramirez could begin playing in rehab games at Single-A Jupiter this weekend and may even be ready to return to the big leagues on Tuesday, the first day he’s eligible.

Ramirez hit off a tee and played a light game of catch on Wednesday afternoon. He’s expected to take ground balls and participate in live batting practice Thursday. The Marlins’ medical staff will then reevaluate him Friday before deciding if the three-time All-Star is ready for live games.

Ramirez, 27, is batting just .210/.306/.309 with four homers and 17 RBI through 207 plate appearances this season. The Marlins are 4 1/2 games back of the Phillies in the National League East standings.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 8, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    For a guy who was hurting so badly that he couldn’t tie his shoes a week ago, that seems like something of a miracle recovery to me. And trust me, I want to believe that Hanley was hurting. If this was ever the real thing, I also don’t want him coming back so quickly that he turns an acute problem into a chronic one. Anyway, the Feesh are playing so badly now that he’d be wasted – let him get enough rest and therapy to get by whatever this is while his teammates get past their Keystone Feesh act and start stepping up a little themselves.

    • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 8, 2011 at 11:41 PM

      I agree. He was quoted as saying it was the worst pain of his life. Either he doesnt have a high pain threshold or he should rest some more.

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