Los Angeles Dodgers’ Hanley Ramirez won’t play third base when he returns from disabled list

first_imgIn short, it’s nothing new. Ramirez has previously told his manager and GM that he doesn’t want to switch from shortstop to third base and back in the middle of a season. Over the last two years, the Dodgers have honored that request.The club believes that Uribe will return from the DL before the end of this season. Ramirez doesn’t want to switch positions, so third base belongs to Uribe once he returns. Ramirez is still on track to be activated once he’s eligible on Aug. 24. Mattingly said that the 30-year-old is throwing and swinging a bat at 90 percent intensity. He originally strained his right oblique muscle in the batting cage on August 8 in Milwaukee.“He’ll continue to hit,” Mattingly said. “Going forward you’ll see him on the field pretty much like a normal guy. We thought it was going to be an 8- to 10-day thing — that’s what it’s looking like. Unless we have a setback in some way, Hanley will be ready to go.”Surgery postponedEarlier this week, Mattingly said that the onus was on Josh Beckett to make a decision as to whether or not he would undergo season-ending surgery on his left hip. The injury — officially an “impingement,” though Beckett told reporters in July that he had a torn labrum and two cysts — has caused him to miss 24 games and counting.On Sunday, Mattingly clarified that stance.“This is not like he feels like he’s got 10 more years to play and he’s going to have surgery now so he can get ready for spring training next year,” Mattingly said. “If he wants to do surgery, or if Josh would elect to have surgery, it’s basically after the season is over.”Beckett’s progress in rehab has been slow. With six weeks left in the regular season, he hasn’t resumed a throwing program. That casts an uncertain future over a pitcher who has won 138 regular-season games and seven postseason games in a 14-year career.Of course, Beckett’s future might have been even less certain a year ago before he made an impressive recovery from thoracic outlet surgery.Also …Andre Ethier played three innings at first base for the first time since August 2010. He said it was the most time he’s spent at first base in a game since his sophomore year of college at Arizona State University. … The pitching matchups for the Dodgers’ upcoming series against the San Diego Padres are as follows: Dodgers right-hander Kevin Correia (1-0) will oppose right-hander Ian Kennedy (9-10) on Tuesday, Roberto Hernandez (7-8) will oppose Eric Stults (5-13) on Wednesday and Zack Greinke (12-8) will oppose Tyson Ross (11-11) on Thursday. … The Dodgers traded infield prospect Jesmuel Valentin, a supplemental-round draft pick in 2012, to the Philadelphia Phillies as a player to be named later in the trade for Hernandez. Valentin, 20, was batting .282 with seven home runs and 47 RBIs in 107 games with Single-A Great Lakes. Hanley Ramirez turned a few heads Saturday by taking ground balls at third base before the Dodgers’ game against the Milwaukee Brewers.That was the point, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Sunday.“I think he likes making everybody raise their eyes and making me answer questions,” Mattingly said.Question: will Ramirez be a third baseman once he’s activated from the 15-day disabled list? “No real talk of that,” Mattingly said.For those who put stock into Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) as a measure of a player’s defensive ability, that’s a bit stunning. Miguel Rojas, who’s been playing the majority of innings in Ramirez’s stead, ranks first among major-league shortstops in UZR per 150 games. Ramirez ranks 37th, above only two other shortstops.Ramirez has some experience at third base from the 2012 season in Miami. The Dodgers’ starting third baseman, Juan Uribe, is on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.“I think he thinks, moving forward in his career, that he’s a third baseman,” Mattingly said.So what’s the hold-up?center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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