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Hanley Ramirez in Dodgers’ lineup for just the second time since June 23

Jul 3, 2014, 8:01 PM EDT

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Hanley Ramirez is back in the Dodgers’ starting lineup tonight against the Rockies for just the second time in the past 11 games.

Ramirez initially missed four straight games due to irritation of the AC joint in his right shoulder before returning to action last Saturday. However, he made it through just three innings before tweaking his left calf. He has been limited to pinch-hitting duties ever since.

According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said this evening that he plans to take it easy with Ramirez leading up to the All-Star break, so it’s clear he’s not back to 100 percent yet. He’s expected to see time at DH during the upcoming interleague series against the Tigers and come out for a defensive replacement late in games when he’s at shortstop.

  1. rcali - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    This situation could not have been handled any worse. They could have put him on the DL and got him better all over instead of these pinch hits here and there. You put a cold player with muscle issues into a game in June. I don’t expect smart manager moves from Mattingly but where are the others in this organization to figure this out?

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