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Hanley Ramirez leaves game with hamstring injury, probably out a long time

May 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants Getty Images

Hanley Ramirez didn’t make his 2013 debut until Monday. He probably played his last game for a long time last night: he suffered a “serious” left hamstring injury while going first-to-third:

Manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez “got it pretty good,” comparing it to the hamstring injury suffered by Matt Kemp last year. That one sidelined Kemp for 51 games over two stints on the disabled list because he came back too soon and reinjured it after one game.

The injury came at AT&T Park, which is the same place Ramirez injured his thumb in the WBC. He left his health in San Francisco.

The biggest issue now is what the heck the Dodgers do with the infield they’ve been juggling all season. Dee Gordon would seem like a good choice, but the Dodgers had wanted to keep him in Triple-A and maybe learn second base.  Speaking of second base, Mark Ellis was on the bench last night for his sixth straight game with a quad injury, so the Dodgers are a mess up the middle.

Davey Lopes is the first base coach. I imagine he could still play. Just spit-ballin’ here.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 4, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Ouch! That picture tells the story. What a rough season. Hope he does not try to come back too soon.

    • nbjays - May 4, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      Agree, PC, best not to rush him.

      Man, these days it seems that the more talent and potential a young player has, the more fragile and injury-prone he is. You don’t see the mediocre players getting hurt every time they turn around, but that may be because they are not giving full effort, hence their mediocrity. Or it may be that the young talented guys are just pushing TOO hard. I dunno…

      Anyway, it got me to thinking… how much greatness have we missed over the years because some potential superstar was made of glass? I’m thinking of pitchers like Kerry Wood, Mark Prior, Rich Harden, Dice-K or Chien-Ming Wang; or position players like Nomar Garciaparra, J.D. Drew, Jason Bay or even the great Alan Trammel. Or even the ones that DID have Hall of Fame careers but were still very injury-prone, like Ken Griffey, Jr. or Mickey Mantle.

      What might have been had they been healthy?

      • somekat - May 4, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Or maybe because they are mediocre players who aren’t getting paid what Ramirez is, so they aren’t worth the attention?

        King Felix, Trout, Harper etc etc haven’t given me a “fragile” vibe over their young careers

      • nbjays - May 5, 2013 at 7:14 AM

        And hopefully they never do. I said “some”, not “all” above. Harper and Trout and Felix may go their entire careers relatively injury-free, like many other superstars throughout baseball history.

    • duckthefodgers - May 4, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      or ever

  2. thebigtim2012 - May 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    I was so disappointed when the Red Sox traded this kid before his first major league game. In hindsight there a reason I’m on the couch and not in the front office.

  3. historiophiliac - May 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear your med alert tag there.
    If you’re going to San Francisco, you’re going to meet a medic when you’re there.

  4. hittfamily - May 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    I suppose it is fair to say Han Ram’s ham ran into some trouble last night.

  5. randygnyc - May 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    I’m sure the Dodgers were thinking that this year was going to be completely different than to what today’s reality is. You know who’s probably laughing loudest? McCourt.

    • gloccamorra - May 5, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      All the way to the bank, Randy, all the way to the bank.

  6. manchestermiracle - May 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Eight players now on the DL? This is fast becoming the MLB version of the Lakers. Despite aggravating us Dodger fans, it does serve a (questionably) positive purpose: It gives the haters something to cheer before they retreat to the parents’ basement.

    • nogoodtomedead - May 4, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      As a Dodger “hater” I’d like you to know that I’m much more excited to see your team fail when it’s at full health.

      • manchestermiracle - May 5, 2013 at 1:55 AM

        At least the Lakers earned the hate with all the titles they’ve won. The Dodgers haven’t won a WS in 25 years. What’s there to hate? Apparently you and duckthefodgers are intimidated by the possibilities now that someone competent owns the team, but you might at least wait until they actually accomplish something before you wet yourself over injured players. Being excited over seeing someone fail (at full health or not) says a lot more about you than you probably intend.

    • nbjays - May 5, 2013 at 7:16 AM

      They are competing with the Yankees for the most expensive DL in baseball.

  7. Old Gator - May 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Looks like the hobbits never made it up Mount Doom with the Hanster’s accursed .342 amulet. It probably came back and cleverly disguised itself as his St. Christopher’s medal. What, then, did it do with the St. Christopher’s medal? The inquiring mindless want to know.

  8. koufaxmitzvah - May 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Just because new owners have the deep pockets to pick up other team’s top tier castoffs doesn’t mean the Dodgers don’t have to dig deep to win during the season.

    Damn! That’s the allure of alliteration!

  9. thepancakebandit - May 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Unbelievable. The kid really IS made of glass.

    The Sox were brilliant dealing him way back when. He is inching dangerously close to worthless.

  10. cackalackyank - May 4, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    So, I know its early but how much are those Jays v. Dodgers world series tickets that people printed in the off season going for right now?

    • thepancakebandit - May 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Haha I think everyone already asked for their refunds.

  11. moogro - May 4, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Streeeeeeeeeetch before the game.

  12. bleedgreen - May 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Where’s the guy that gave me shit in the ‘Hanley’s ready to come back’ article when I said ‘Don’t worry everyone, he’ll be back on the DL soon enough.’

    I wasn’t trying to be mean or wish it on him, its just a fact or life. Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes are walking hamstring problems.

    • Alex K - May 4, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      To my knowledge this is the very first time Hanley’s hurt his hammy. He has had shoulder problems in the past, but never really leg problems.

      Reyes, on the other hand, has pulled his hammy’s a billion times.

    • manchestermiracle - May 5, 2013 at 1:58 AM

      I was probably the one giving you shit for your shitty comment. You were indeed trying to be mean, as well as an ass, and you did a good job. That, apparently, is a fact of life, too.

    • nbjays - May 5, 2013 at 7:18 AM

      Yet Reyes is not on the DL for his hammy…

  13. bigdicktater - May 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Hanley was out at third on a superb throw from rightfielder Hunter Pence.

  14. kountryking - May 4, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    What’s with today’s athletes? Are they made of sugar? I’ve never seen so many high-priced baseball and basketball players missing whole seasons or spending more time on the DL than in action. Joke about Davey Lopes filling in at second base if you want to, but I don’t recall him, Bill Russell, Steve Garvey, or Ron Cey spending their seasons on the bench or rehabbing for weeks and months. With all the trainers, strength equipment, doctors, and dieticians available to these pampered jocks, they should be playing, earning their millions, and entertaining the fans who want to see them.

    • manchestermiracle - May 5, 2013 at 2:00 AM

      It might have something to do with the vast improvements in strength over the years, as well as the need to compete at ever-higher physical levels in order to make the show in the first place.

  15. scoocha - May 6, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Another unathletic baseball injury. It’s pretty simple Hanley, either just start practicing running backwards during the offseason or stop building up your quads so much.

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