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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:

Wed 10/1Thurs 10/2Fri 10/3Sat 10/4Sun 10/5Mon 10/6Tues 10/7
RP. Baez--12-26
LS. Elbert--9-11
RC. Frias---
LJ.P. Howell--109-8
RK. Jansen--20-
RB. League--212-21
RB. Wilson---9
RJ. Wright---

About

Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, has been a producer and editor for Sports on Earth, and built The Hardball Times. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.


897 comments
Shroom
Shroom

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

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

KMT59
KMT59

1st and 3rd  no outs in the top of 5th

Sad Towel
Sad Towel

Rojas is totally adorable in interviews

KMT59
KMT59

go for the series win tomorrow

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

KMT59
KMT59

Dodgers 11-5 in last 16 for a .688 winning percentage!!!!

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.

KMT59
KMT59

@efb you mean thanks to my son...he's the one who cost me the extra ticket

KMT59
KMT59

@Technogit I have a single baseball and a team baseball with his autograph on it

KMT59
KMT59

@LA_Woman @efb if we weren't going you wouldn't have push the others so hard to go would you?

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@KMT59 @LA_Woman @efb I dunno. We've been trying (& failing) to find a date that we all could agree on. I didn't push at all -- just suggested it. But, yeah, it was a consideration in suggesting that particular date.