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Hanley Ramirez to return Tuesday as Marlins’ leadoff man

Jun 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Hanley Ramirez batted second or third in the Marlins’ lineup for each of his 47 starts prior to landing on the disabled list with back problems, but Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that he’ll return from the DL tomorrow as Florida’s leadoff man.

Ramirez has been out since May 30 and the Marlins have dropped 13 of 16 games, falling to third place in the NL East at 32-32.

Prior to his being shut down with back pain so severe it kept Ramirez from being able to tie his shoes the Marlins were winning despite his hitting just .210 with four homers and a .615 OPS that’s 275 points below his career norm.

Ramirez told Spencer that his back “is better now” and explained that he’d be fine leading off, saying: “I love it. Anything for the team. It doesn’t matter. I’ll be 9, 8, 7, I just want to be out there.” About half of his career starts have come in the leadoff spot, where Ramirez has hit .311 with a .925 OPS while scoring 333 runs in 400 games.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 13, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    The team began its descent into Feesh emulsion a week or so before Hanley went on the DL, or just following the eenfamous Buster Posey gotterdammerung series. Their slide has had much more to do with the implosion of the boolpen, Javier Vasquez’ return to futility after a couple of weeks of solid peetching, and the sudden epic inability of anyone in the lineup to drive in RISP. Hanley was just one more toothless cog in the wonky wheel. When you’re batting .148 with RISP as a team. the return of a guy who bats .210 is by definition an improvement.

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