This team. I mean, this team. You can just never have a simple “Juan Uribe is being activated from the disabled list, and here’s the corresponding move” with the Dodgers ever, apparently. Uribe is back tonight after missing 34 games on the disabled list, and he’ll be hitting sixth and playing third base. But we knew that for a solid three hours without knowing how he was getting on the roster, as we waited for the Dodgers to get the results of an MRI on Hanley Ramirez‘ shoulder. Eventually, barely 30 minutes before game time, we learned that Ramirez would avoid the disabled list, and that Carlos Triunfel would be optioned back to Triple-A instead.
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You probably don’t have to think too long about how I feel about this. While I understand that it seems really, really weird to want Ramirez to be gone and to have Triunfel and Miguel Rojas sharing shortstop, it’s hard to be happy about this. If you’ve read this site for any length of time, then you know how much we hate seeing guys try to “tough it out,” only to make injuries worse.
That goes triple for someone both as fragile and valuable as Ramirez, and since his shoulder injury is both serious enough to keep him out of the lineup for the third day in a row — out of shortstop for the fourth, since he DH’d in Kansas City — and to get him an MRI, it’s clear that something isn’t right. I often say that I’m not a doctor and I haven’t looked at the injury first-hand and that’s true, but I can still be a rational decision-making human being who has seen this sort of thing go wrong far too many times. If he doesn’t injure himself more seriously, then he’ll sit unavailable on the bench for who knows how many days, which isn’t a great position to put Don Mattingly in.
Anyway, it’s probably not worth getting worked up over, but it’s frustrating. In the mean time, Uribe is back, the Cardinals are in town, and Josh Beckett against Adam Wainwright is surprisingly a fascinating pitching matchup.
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