Hanley plunked on elbow
With first base open and the Marlins in command on Sunday afternoon, Hanley Ramirez was plunked on the left elbow by a Dirk Hayhurst in the sixth inning.
Ramirez was the second Marlin that Hayhurst hit by a pitch. In the fourth inning, Jeremy Hermida also was nailed after the lead ballooned to eight runs.
The Marlins went on to win, 11-3, over the Blue Jays to complete the three game sweep.
Afterwards, Ramirez said he felt he was intentionally thrown at. He felt manager Fredi Gonzalez and starting pitcher Josh Johnson also felt it was a purpose pitch.
“Everybody knows it. I think Fredi knows it. J.J. knows it,” Ramirez said before being drilled by an 88 mph fastball. “He was throwing strikes. I don’t know why? You’ve got to ask him why.”
The Marlins scored 24 runs in the three games against the Blue Jays. Toronto’s pitching coach is Brad Arnsberg, who was dismissed as the Marlins pitching coach in May of 2003.
Ramirez was hit by the pitch in a situation where he was going to be pitched around anyway. Chris Coghlan doubled and went to third on Emilio Bonifacio’s groundout to first base. With two outs, Hayhurst struck Ramirez on the bone just below the left elbow. Left-hander Jesse Carlson entered to face the left-handed hitting Hermida.
Ramirez also noted that there was no retaliation on the part of the Marlins. Earlier this season, on April 27 at New York, Ramirez was drilled on the left hand by a John Maine fastball, and he was out of the lineup for four straight games.
Shortly after Gonzalez was told of Ramirez’s comments, and he checked into the matter, the Marlins abruptly closed the clubhouse to the media.
The 25-year-old All-Star shortstop is batting .330, and he is the biggest threat in the lineup.
Ramirez doesn’t wear any padding on his left elbow because he says it isn’t comfortable. He said he may consider using one in batting practice to test how it feels in case he wants to use it in the game.
– Joe Frisaro