Hanley dealing with groin strain
For weeks, Hanley Ramirez has been playing through a right groin strain. Some days are better than others.
In the fourth inning on Saturday night, Ramirez tweaked his groin while scrambling back to first base. Ramirez singled off A.J. Burnett to open the inning. With Jorge Cantu at bat, Ramirez took off for second base in a steal attempt on an 0-1 pitch. He got a great jump, but Cantu fouled the pitch off.
Ramirez returned to first. Cantu struck out, and Dan Uggla came to bat. Again, Ramirez attempted to steal, but he lost his footing. Immediately he headed back to the base. Catcher Jorge Posada threw down to first, and Ramirez extended to get back safely. It took him a few seconds to recollect himself.
“I don’t want to come out of the game,” Ramirez said. “I want to stay in the game, keep competing, and help my team win.”
On a wild pitch while Uggla was batting, Ramirez moved slowly down to second base.
In the sixth inning, Ramirez had to push it on the bases. After walking, he scored from first on Cantu’s drive to left field that was misplayed by Johnny Damon for a two-base error.
Reminded that he had to run full speed, Ramirez joked: “That always happens.”
– Joe Frisaro