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Hanley Ramirez expected to be ready to come off of the disabled list when eligible

Aug 17, 2014, 8:40 PM EDT

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Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is making progress in his recovery from an oblique injury. As a result, Ramirez is expected to return from the disabled list when he’s first eligible on August 24. Manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez has been swinging the bat at 90 percent.

Ramirez has suffered a litany of injuries this season, but he has still managed to appear in 100 games and take 406 plate appearances. He has a respectable .277/.367/.455 slash line with 12 home runs and 58 RBI on the season.

As Drew Silva wrote earlier, the Dodgers have tabled extension talks with Ramirez, which means the 30-year-old will become a free agent after the season.

  1. dhalb34 - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    I see a team greatly overpaying for Hanley. Guy cannot stay healthy.

    • mmeyer3387 - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      I try to be careful about judging ball players, because I don’t really know them. I just know what the journalist write or say. Sometimes they may not like a player because they don’t like doing interviews. Eddie Murray was an example of this, he was just shy. So let’s stay away from rumors and give Hanley the benefit of not repeating any rumors. As for Hanley, I don’t know him either but, I do know that he has talent and is one of the game’s better pure hitters. However, he seems to be hurt too often and is a poor defender at the shortstop position, mainly poor range. The bottom line is that he doesn’t seem to be an ideal guy to pay top dollar and a long term contract. But if the Dodgers love him and do pay him top dollar, that’s their business.

  2. kingkershaw - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Wouldn’t doubt him ending up with the Dodgers in the end. He loves L.A., the Dodgers are swimming in money, and Mark Walters loves him. Should be interesting.

    • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:17 AM

      Especially when balls are hit to him.

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