Keeping an eye on Hanley

Hanley Ramirez is playing with pain, and the Marlins are keeping close tabs on him.

Still hindered by a tight right groin suffered on May 26 at Philadelphia, the 25-year-old shortstop has been plodding along. While he is in discomfort running, Ramirez certainly is hitting. He’s raised his batting average to .337 with eight home runs and 24 RBIs.

“We’ll see how he handles the next couple of days,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We’ll check with him every day and see if he’s sore.”

Gonzalez said if the team has a decent-sized lead, he may come out of a game early. And the Marlins are checking for possible days to give him off.

Tuesday provided a chance to sit Ramirez a few innings. With a nine-run lead in the sixth inning, Ramirez was removed for a pinch-runner after his third single. Wes Helms entered the game to play third base. Emilio Bonifacio switched to shortstop.

– Joe Frisaro

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