Time For Hanley Ramirez to Come Home (Plus Cuts & Tuesday Lineups)

92topps_hanleyramirezDespite the ongoing battle over whether the World Baseball Classic “matters”, largely fueled by one national writer who absolutely must be on the WBC payroll, I’ve enjoyed it. It’s real (sort of, anyway) baseball during the middle of March when we’d otherwise have only endless spring training games on. I can’t say I put a lot of stock into it being any sort of indicator of the skill of a country — not when many squads are missing top players, not when pitch limits turn games into glorified scrimmages, not when players aren’t sure what country they play for days before games are to begin — but it’s fun nonetheless.

That said, I’m really ready for it to be over. I’m ready to see Hanley Ramirez back in Dodger camp, after weeks of playing with the Dominicans. It’s not just because he’s not playing shortstop there — and, as Bill Shaikin notes, he really hasn’t been — but because it’s time. Opening Day is less than two weeks away, and I can’t really say I care in the least whether the Dominicans beat Puerto Rico in the final tonight. It’s time for this fun to end and for the season to be the primary focus.

In response to the Shaikin story, Eric Stephen tweeted that any issue of the Dodgers being concerned that Ramirez is not playing shortstop is the biggest non-story of the spring. Perhaps that’s true, though I don’t really expect the Dodgers to be making public waves at this point by moaning and groaning over what Ramirez is doing in the WBC. Either way, I think it’d do us all some good to see Ramirez taking balls at short rather than Dee Gordon or Nick Punto, who starts there today.

Athletics
Dodgers
CF
Crisp
DH
Crawford
DH
Sizemore
2B
M.Ellis
RF
Young
RF
Ethier
LF
Cespedes
LF
Puig
1B
Moss
1B
Hairston
3B
Donaldson
3B
Uribe
2B
Rosales
SS
Punto
C
Jaso
C
Federowicz
SS
Nakajima
CF
Schumaker

I was going to put “or Justin Sellers” in that preceding sentence, but he’s unsurprisingly been optioned to the minors today along with Shawn Tolleson. In addition, catcher Jesus Flores has been reassigned to minor league camp, which all but officially gives Tim Federowicz the backup catching job, as we’d long assumed. As for Tolleson, he showed he belonged last year, but was always a long shot to make the club due to the numbers game and the fact that he has options remaining. He’ll almost certainly be back up during the season. That leaves the Dodgers with 40 players in camp; assuming one or two or more end up on the disabled list, we’ll still see another 12-14 cuts. The bell tolls for thee, Alfredo Amezaga, Stephen Fife, Elian Herrera, Peter Moylan, etc. (And, of course, Yasiel Puig as well.)

Today’s game against Oakland is another of the free dodgers.com webcasts, and while it’s good to see Carl Crawford & Puig in the lineup, many of the regulars are sitting this one out. That means no Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, Luis Cruz, or A.J. Ellis, and of course no Ramirez. Cruz will instead play in a minor league game to get some time in at shortstop, per David Young, though if he’s the starting third baseman, he’s not likely to move around. If he’s seeing time at shortstop, it probably means things have gone poorly for him at third.

Chris Capuano starts, to be followed by J.P. Howell, Brandon League, & Mark Lowe against Oakland’s Dan Straily.

788 comments
DBrim
DBrim moderator

Can't delete this. So, have this lovely placeholder.

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

Every time I see the scroll on MLB say that Puig is the #76 ranked prospect, I get a good laugh.

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

Watching Ethier flail vs. LOOGY's while Puig mashes in minors will put me in a VND-like anger category.

efb
efb

At least he's not Chase Headly 

Dang88
Dang88

@BillShaikin: Official: Hanley Ramirez left the game because of jammed right thumb.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

RT @BillShaikin: Official: Hanley Ramirez left the game because of jammed right thumb.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

I don't have the sound on, so let me know if they say anything about Hanley.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

Tejada getting to rep one last time. Will be last WBC on the field. Has been solid for yrs. Respect i assume is the move

Pie Fucker
Pie Fucker

Dee-FA just perked up a little...

Hoagiebum
Hoagiebum

so, what should we read into Ramirez being replaced by Tejada? Anything?

JoeyE
JoeyE

aaaaaand we can call this game now...

JoeyE
JoeyE

domican celebrations >>

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@Deuce Ethier will fetch the most value whenever Puig forces the issue, hopefully before Dre gets 10/5 rights.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@Catfishfryin thats not news

Pie Fucker
Pie Fucker

@PWEEEEG it's too dangerous to assume right now.  it might be a career-ending injury to ramirez a la bo jackson's innocuous-looking hip flexor

JoeyE
JoeyE

@PWEEEEG with the rain, maybe they're speeding it up so he can have one last AB in case they call the game

efb
efb

@Hoagiebum Hanley hurt his hand and Uribe;s going to start the season at 3B :( SO whatever does happen wont sound as bad )

JoeyE
JoeyE

@Hoagiebum too soon to know. could be defense with a 3 run lead, who knows

JoeyE
JoeyE

@Lobo i grant the marlins fans refugee status to become dodger fans

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@Lobo Frank McCourt seems to have taken over their PR department

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@JoeyE @Hoagiebum Tejada plays defense? Psh

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@WBBsAs @Lobo Giancarlo will look great next to Puig.

Lobo
Lobo

@Bob (Dave) Meripol @Lobo My thoughts exactly.  Next thing you know they'll be hiring Russian mystics.  No wait, they'll hire a hispanic mystic to try and appeal to the Latino market, that will totally bring the fans back.

JoeyE
JoeyE

@PWEEEEG if it is something, hopefully it's just super precautionary. not like they NEED his bat with a 3 run lead

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@JoeyE @PWEEEEG *points to Miguel frikin Tejada*