Hanley Ramirez sat out of the Los Angeles Dodgers game against the Kansas City Royals for the second consecutive game on Wednesday, and the shortstop is scheduled to meet with Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Thursday for an evaluation. The issue is Ramirez’s right shoulder, which has troubled him several other times throughout the season.
Ramirez, whose slash line is .269/.354/.469, was in the midst of a 10-game hit streak that gave the club hope that the shortstop was heating up in much the same way he did a season ago. During the streak, Ramirez has slashed .361/.415/.556 with a home run and eight RBI. It has seemed that he has benefited from the move to the second spot in the order, as he has hit .340 in his 15 starts there.
While it is easy to jump to conclusions whenever a meeting has been scheduled with Dr. ElAttrache, it does not necessarily mean that Ramirez will be out for any extended period of time. Earlier this season, Hyun-Jin Ryu met with the team orthopedist after experiencing discomfort while on the DL, and Dr. ElAttrache determined that Ryu had not had any setback and could return as scheduled. It may be the case that this is merely precautionary, or it could be the case that the Dodgers will have to look at other options at shortstop.
There is some good news, however, as Juan Uribe is scheduled to return to the club on Thursday, and Alex Guerrero is reportedly in Arizona to work on his conditioning after the bizarre biting incident involving Miguel Olivo. The Dodgers are fortunate to have some options if Ramirez is out for any extended period of time, but it is certainly their hope that they do not have to employ those options if they do not have to.
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