Dodgers’ Hanley Ramirez On Track For Return Early Next Week
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is scheduled to make a couple of rehab starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers Triple- A affiliate, Rancho Cucomonga Quakes this weekend. Ramirez has been sidelined with a torn ligament in his thumb for the past 4 weeks, an injury suffered at AT&T Park during the final game of the World Baseball Classic.
Ramirez has sent out tweets and teasers, saying “Rancho coming soon.”. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly did a short interview where he all but said that Ramirez is aiming for a return this Monday. Dodger fans are impatiently awaiting his return.
Rancho coming soon!!!!!
— Hanley Ramirez (@HanleyRamirez) April 25, 2013
With Ramirez back in the line-up, it gives the Dodgers that feared foursome of Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez. The Dodgers have been missing that big key hit in games, and with Ramirez back, there is a chance he could change all of this.
Hanley’s mere presence changes the attitude of the team and the fans. This much needed lift will be a welcome gift to the club, given that they are 3 pitchers down at the moment. When Zack Greinke went down with a broken collarbone in San Diego, the entire Dodger organization, as well as its fans, held their breath. Greinke is expected back in about 6 weeks time and is scheduled to begin a throwing program in a week.
The other 2 pitchers on the DL are, Chad Billingsley and Chris Capuano. Billingsley seemed to find his form during the later half of the season, while Capuano did well in his first season as a Dodger. Billingsley will miss the remainder of this season, as well as April and possibly May of next season due to undergoing Tommy John surgery. Capuano is the victim of a strained calf muscle, which was rumored to have been injured during the brawl in San Diego.
Ramirez continued to do baseball related activities, even while in a cast that immobilized his left thumb. He took ground balls and worked on his movements at short. Ramirez will be back almost 4 weeks before projected.
Dodger fans will have something to cheer for if Ramirez does in fact take the field Monday night. This could be what the Dodgers need to “right the ship” and get things headed in the proper direction.