Hanley at 80 percent

During pregame warmups on Saturday, Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was in a familiar spot — fielding ground balls hit directly at him and in both directions.

The 25-year-old All-Star was moving around pretty well.

Asked if he was at full strength, Ramirez responded: “No.”

Manager Fredi Gonzalez estimates Ramirez was at 80 percent.

That was good enough for the Marlins to make the decision to return the Dominican Republic native to the starting lineup for the first time since Tuesday at Philadelphia.

Ramirez has not started due to a tight right groin suffered while he beat out an infield single in the third inning on May 26. He missed two starts, but on Friday night, he pinch-hit, and grounded out to shortstop in the 10th inning.

Florida lost 2-1 to the Mets in 11 innings.

Ramirez arrived early to Citi Field on Saturday morning for treatment. Gonzalez was at the park about 9 a.m., ET, and the shortstop walked in about five minutes later.

“He’s OK enough to play,” Gonzalez said. “He’s not 100 percent. I think he’s got to run, and stay within himself. If you had to put a percentage on it, I’d say 80 or 85.”

The Marlins won’t be expecting Ramirez to run at full-speed, and they want him to be careful in the field.

“We’re going to have to keep an eye on him,” Gonzalez said. “If he starts favoring it, then we’ll make a decision on him.”

The Marlins are hopeful Ramirez can go the distance because veteran Wes Helms has flu-like symptoms.

Helms is available to pinch-hit, but he didn’t go through pregame drills.

If Ramirez did have to exit the game early, Emilio Bonifacio would slide from third base to shortstop. If Helms isn’t ready to play in the field at third base, Jorge Cantu could be switched to third base, and Ross Gload would play first base.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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