Los Angeles Dodger left fielder Manny Ramirez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list after a right-calf strain flared up again as he ran out a base hit on Thursday against the Cincinnati Reds. Dodgers manager Joe Torre informed Ramirez about the move after finding him taking batting practice before their game on Friday against the Washington Nationals.
“He was in the cage hitting today and I told him to pick up a book,” Torre joked.
The injury caused Ramirez to miss two starts last weekend and there were no reports as to whether his injury would be fully healed when the fifteen days are up. Ramirez will be able to return to the team when the Dodgers play host to the Colorado Rockies on May 8, the ninth game in their 10-game homestand. Torre felt that it was important to place him on the DL for both the team and Ramirez.
“It’s a recurrence of the calf, and we just have to get this thing fixed. … The rationale is, if he’s better in a week or 10 days, we might as well do this,” Torre said.
This is the first time since 2002, while playing for the Boston Red Sox, that Ramirez has been placed on the disabled list after suffering a fractured left index finger and the fourth in his 18-year career. He was off to a fantastic start of the 2010 Major League Baseball season. Ramirez is hitting .415 with 12 RBIs. He also has 2 homers with an on-base percentage of .500. Ramirez did understand the reasoning behind the move according to the Dodgers skipper.
“When he came in to talk to me I said, ‘We got to get it better.” Torre said.
The Dodgers have called up Xavier Paul from Triple-A Albuquerque who filled in for Ramirez during last season when he was suspended for 50 games in May for violating baseball’s drug policy. Paul was expected to arrive in Washington on Friday when the Dodgers began their three-game series with the Nationals. He was off to a great start as well and was hitting .361 for their Triple-A club.
The Dodgers fell to Washington on Friday 5-1 and have dropped to 7-9 on the year, 3 games behind the National League West leading San Diego Padres. Los Angeles has their odds set at 20/1 according to MLB sportsbooks to win the 2010 World Series.