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Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez return to Dodgers’ lineup

Jul 25, 2014, 7:40 PM EST

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Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez are back in the Dodgers’ lineup for tonight’s game against the Giants, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Puig will bat second and play center field while Ramirez will bat fourth and take his spot at shortstop. Matt Kemp starts in right field again.

Puig has played in one game since last Saturday, when he was hit in the hand with a Joe Kelly fastball. He has otherwise had a great year, slashing .308/.398/.519 with 12 home runs, 52 RBI, and seven stolen bases.

Ramirez hasn’t played since July 20, when he was hit twice by Cardinals pitchers: once in the fourth by Carlos Martinez, and once in the ninth by Trevor Rosenthal. The latter forced Ramirez out of the game, and out of the lineup for several days. (Kelly, by the way, broke one of Ramirez’s ribs with a pitch in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series last year.) Ramirez has been slowed by a litany of minor injuries this season, but has still managed to post a .273/.372/.463 slash line with 11 home runs, 49 RBI, and 12 stolen bases.

  1. stercuilus65 - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Thank God they don’t have to play the cards again, they can’t afford any more of these injuries off “accidental” pitches.

    • apkyletexas - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Again – if you can’t afford the injuries from HBP, why lean out over the plate on every pitch? At least where a big old suit of armor like Barry Bonds used to.

      • stercuilus65 - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:12 AM

        Funny those pitches were a foot off the plate, you think that with card fans being the self proclaimed smartest fans in baseball they wouldn’t try selling the load of bs you just did.

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