The Los Angeles Dodgers finally got their starting shortstop back, and all appeared to be well. However, Hanley Ramirez suffered a severe hamstring strain that could have terrible repercussions on the season.
Ramirez missed eight weeks while he recovered from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. He jammed his thumb after he dove for a ball in the Dominican Republic’s 3-0 win over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic this past spring.
The 29-year-old had just returned to the lineup on Monday, but it appears he will not get to the stay for long.
Ramirez attempted to run from first to third on A.J. Ellis’ single in the sixth inning of Friday night’s contest against the San Francisco Giants. He began to pull up while he was closing in on third base and was thrown out by a mile. When he stood up from the slide, he could be seen clutching his left hamstring with a look of pain on his face. He then limped his way back to the dugout where bench coach Trey Hillman and team trainer Sue Falsone assisted him off the field.
As bad as the injury appeared to be, Ramirez tried to remain upbeat. However, his distraught face reportedly told a different story.
“I’m going to come back tomorrow and see how it feels,” Ramirez told Dodgers.com. “I’m going to be fine. I’m going to get back on that field. Soon.”
It is too early to tell, but there appears to be a good chance that Ramirez will have to go back on the disabled list to recover from the injury.
The eight-year veteran was immediately productive in his return as he was batting .455 (5-for-11) with one home run, one RBI, one walk and one stolen base in four games.