Dodgers @ Royals June 24, 2014: Just Another Hanley Ramirez Injury Issue

royalsWarning: do not attempt to adjust your computer. Yes, Justin Turner, Jamie Romak, Carlos Triunfel, and Miguel Rojas are all in the same lineup. In an official game sanctioned by Major League Baseball. For a team with realistic playoff hopes. In 2014. We have entered the singularity.

In theory, you can put some sense behind each of these. Turner has of course been more than adequate, and is the best option at third base until Juan Uribe returns. With Yasiel Puig playing DH tonight, another outfielder is needed, and with lefty Danny Duffy on the mound, it absolutely shouldn’t be Andre Ethier adding a big slump against all pitchers lately (.190/.236/.310 over the last month) in addition to his usual lefty troubles. So that’s how Romak gets in, making his second start in right field. Dee Gordon can’t hit lefties either, and plays every day, so this is a sensible scheduled day off, pushing Rojas in.

Dodgers
Royals
5:10 pm PT
Kansas City, MO
3B
Turner
RF
Cain
LF
Kemp
1B
Hosmer
DH
Puig
DH
Butler
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Gordon
CF
Van Slyke
C
Perez
C
Ellis
2B
Infante
RF
Romak
3B
Valencia
SS
Triunfel
CF
Maxwell
2B
Rojas
SS
Escobar

However, seeing Triunfel in there is hard to reconcile, since Hanley Ramirez only DH’d last night. The original version of this paragraph had a joke about “if Ramirez pulled his hamstring brushing his teeth this morning it wouldn’t surprise me,” but no, it’s just more discomfort in his right shoulder, which he felt in his first plate appearance last night. I’m terrified about Ramirez trying to push through pain; I’m even more terrified that Don Mattingly doesn’t seem to be worried, with David Vassegh saying

Even though Matt Kemp went thru same injury last year that put him on DL, Mattingly still not concerned about Hanley ending up on DL.”

Look for Ramirez to be diagnosed with bonitis within the week.

Oh, and Clayton Kershaw attempts to become the first man in 76 years to throw back-to-back no-hitters. The way that lineup looks, he might just need to.

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Speaking of notable injuries that Mattingly isn’t concerned about, Joc Pederson! We won’t know more about his shoulder until tomorrow, but we do have video of how it happened today:

ThrowsRelieverSat 10/15Sun 10/16Mon 10/17Tue 10/18Wed 10/19Thur 10/20Fri 10/21
LAvilan--OFF-2421OFF
RBaez34-OFF-2727OFF
RBlanton28-OFF13-19OFF
LDayton3-OFF16-12OFF
RFields--OFF-910OFF
RJansen-18OFF21--OFF
RStripling10-OFF-2018OFF
LWood--OFF-32-OFF

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762 comments
 Kyle
Kyle

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Feel bad for a kid living the dream but 2 errors is not good for a perceived defensive whiz

 Kyle
Kyle

everyone panik

WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos)
WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos)

@P_F_P I was there in SD that night and loved it though. He would not have gotten the record because it's a regular season record.

The "overwork" didn't seem to affect him in the rest of the post-season, including the Series.

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

Jesse Hahn getting the first nono in Padres history vs the Giants would elicit an incredible post from Grant

efb
efb

ILL BE AT YOUR NEXT GAME KERSH THANKS TO KMT!!!

wilhud
wilhud

Kenley being Kenley

Lance Uppercut
Lance Uppercut

Rex said Jansen wasn't in Holland's league because of Jansens era! Hahahaha!

efb
efb

GAME

Lobo
Lobo

Now let's go Pads

very smart towel
very smart towel

too bad we didn't demote Kenley from closer last week like Twitter people suggested

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@P_F_P Wish I wasn't travelling so I could comparison GIF

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I like it when pitchers quick-pitch people

Dang88
Dang88

Kershaw has his eyes on Hersheisers scoreless streak

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@BlueMarvin No! Don't say that about Kenley! (Unless you mean it as a compliment...)