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MRI on Hanley Ramirez’s shoulder confirms: it’s sprained

Aug 3, 2011, 9:42 PM EDT

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The Marlins have avoided a bit of a scare.

According to the club’s official Twitter account, shortstop Hanley Ramirez was diagnosed this evening with a sprained left shoulder after undergoing an MRI back in Miami. No structural damage, and all that good stuff.

Hanley will likely spend the night in south Florida before rejoining his teammates Thursday night at Sun Life Stadium. The Fish are hosting the second-place Cardinals this weekend in a four-game series that could play a rather crucial role in the way the National League Central shakes out. (Florida is eight games out of the Wild Card hunt, and 16 games back of the Phillies in the NL East).

Hanley will look to return at some point during the four-game set against St. Louis, probably on Saturday or Sunday. He might even do what all the cool kids are doing and develop a sudden rivalry with Tony La Russa.

Ramirez is batting .280 with six homers, 10 doubles and 28 RBI over his past 44 games.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 3, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Hanley’s resentment of Jeff Conine’s put down from last week will speed stimulating bile and healing endorphins to his shoulder simultaneously. He’ll be back trying to prove his manhood before you know it – assuming he’s been able to ditch that accursed “.342” amulet Scrooge McLoria gave him a couple of years ago somewhere deep and dark enough so that it won’t find its way back to him again. Last time, after a number of failed gambits cataloged here over the last year or so, he tried disguising it as krill and throwing it to a manta ray during the last Citrus Series game in Tampax (I think that’s what the airport is designated, anyway). Last week he was dining at some cici Caribbean seafood place on South Beach and bit into something hard in his lambi. And what was that? You guessed it.

    Can’t wait to see how he tries to get rid of it next.

    • kiwicricket - Aug 4, 2011 at 7:58 AM

      I thought it was agreed upon it was either best used as a fishing lure, or something to stir fancy cocktails with. Slight possibility of frothing things.

      Your post the other day brought back some great memories Gator. I played many Sunday league games at Mildenhall and surrounding Villages. Lakenheath and Bury St Edmonds have fantastic grounds and the Air Force chaps always put on a top-notch function after the matches. Used to stop off at a little country pub just outside Thetford while on the way back to Norwich…Became quite friendly with the barmaid after a while….but that is a ‘tail’ for another time….

      • Old Gator - Aug 4, 2011 at 9:13 AM

        Good times just off the A-11, eh wot? Problem is so many of those towns like Thetford now have bypass roads and most of the A-11 has been desecrated into dual carriageway. Those little pubs with the friendly barmaids (all looking for husbands to get them the hell out of there) get passed by these days.

        But Norwich (Nickers Off, Ready When I Come Home, speaking of military acrostics) is a great town. My wife’s childhood BFF lives there – love the castle grounds. Great creative writing program at the University there too – home to such greats as the late wonderful Angela Carter and currently to Kazuo Ishiguro.

      • Old Gator - Aug 4, 2011 at 9:23 AM

        Ooops – hit send too soon. Also meant to mention that my sister-in-law lives in the Severn Bend area of Gloucestershire where there’s a little town (Fretherne? Frampton? Can’t recall exactly which one) that has a pitch laid out in the eighteenth century – third or fourth oldest still in use, I think. Idyllic to the point of pain, and also a locus of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (we had to drive our car through a trough of antiseptics to enter and leave the area, mooooo-hoooo-hoooo-hoooooey) which really confirms its bucolic field creds. There’s a pub there that runs a big safety net up a couple of tall poles when games are on to keep the balls from landing in your pint, and they make pretty good baps and whitebait too.

        Oh, yeah, and you will love this: we had our wedding reception at Lord’s. Really.

      • kiwicricket - Aug 4, 2011 at 9:53 AM

        Ha, it’s funny because it’s true. There is no denying foreigners are eyed in a ‘gene-pool increasing’ manner. But that’s half the charm of the place.

        I remember you telling me that about Lord’s a while back, and thought it was fantastic. Please tell me you wore the ‘egg and bacon’ at your wedding reception!!!!!

        If you have Jeter’s email, pass on a message about a book he needs to read. Mike Brearley- The Art of Captaincy. He might learn something.

        Remember….’Baps’ are not to be confused with ‘bips’ Gator….

      • Old Gator - Aug 4, 2011 at 11:43 AM

        You sure you wouldn’t rather he read Beyond a Boundary, the (roughly speaking, in terms of stature only) Boys of Summer of Cricket?

        Gotta confess in advance to being a big C.L.R. James fan – his Mariners, Renegades and Castaways is the companion text to Moby-Dick, and here in Macondo if you carry a copy of The Black Jacobins in a visible manner you can walk through Little Haiti at 1 A.M. with 50-dollars bills hanging halfway out of your pocket in perfect safety.

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