Sept. 11, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Hanley Ramirez against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Hanley’s Return Imminent

The return of Hanley Ramirez appears imminent. Any day now, Hanley will be activated, and could possibly make his return as soon as Monday or Tuesday night. Ramirez played in his second rehab assignment today with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Last night Ramirez was 1 for 3 with a sacrifice fly. Today he had three plate appearances and had two hits, a single and a double. He also started a double play, and looked fine making throws in the field.

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Hanley injured and broke his thumb in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic back in March. The original diagnosis and timeline was for Hanley to be out until the last week of May, but Hanley heals as quickly as Wolverine from X-men.

Hanley recently had his cast taken off, and had set a goal of being back in the Dodger lineup by his bobblehead night, which is this Tuesday night against Colorado. He very well may be back by tomorrow. The Dodgers would have to bump someone from the roster in order to make room for Hanley. That could mean placing Mark Ellis on the 15-day Disabled List because of his strained quad. Or it could possibly mean someone is getting sent down or designated for assignment. The players that could be on the bubble are Luis Cruz, and Justin Sellers.

Whether the Dodgers activate Hanley tomorrow or not, Today’s game at Rancho will likely be his final rehab game, at least with the Quakes, who are off on Monday. Hanley was seen wearing a thin glove on his hand to protect his thumb during the game. Hanley was removed in the top of the seventh inning. The Quakes beat Lake Elsinore by a score of 7-5. Welcome back Hanley!

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  • Davo McFlavo

    As much as I like the scrappy guys like Sellers and Cruz, I can’t wait to get Hanley’s bat in the left side of the infield. The Dodgers’ SS and 3B production has been awful.

    • LasordasLair

      Agreed Davo, Hanley can’t come back soon enough

  • AaronKnuckleCurve

    Poor Cochito. I really liked him. But hes scooping his swing and wont stop doin it. His father is a hitting coach. what the heck. anyway, i hope he figures out how to swing level again. he is very smooth at short and or 3rd. soft hands. turns it quick. he’s certainly smarter than Uribe who thought turning 2 the other day was possible while a run scored easily.

    • LasordasLair

      Yeah I liked him too. He’s made me sad this season. I expected more from him. The way he played last year, the passion. I thought he would come out guns a blazin’. But that was not the case. Oh well.

  • Placidin

    WIth Hanley back and Uribe seemingly taking over at 3b, I would probably keep Cruz since he has experience at various positions. I only recall seeing Sellers at SS. Props to Uribe for his ability to draw walks lately, excellent OBP. Let’s hope he can keep it up and turn into the next AJ Ellis.

    • LasordasLair

      Sadly I think Cruz has played himself into a DFA, but we’ll see. It;s probably either him or Sellers that gets sent down. They both have options so they would go back to ALBQ.