Hanley benched for lack of effort

Hanley Ramirez fouled a ball off his lower left leg in the first inning on Monday night, and an inning later, he was out of the game.

The reason he was removed, manager Fredi Gonzalez said, was a lack of effort after he was shaken up.

“We expect an effort from 25 guys on this team, when that doesn’t happen, we’ve got to do something,” Gonzalez said after the Marlins lost 5-1 to the Diamondbacks.

On the foul ball, the Marlins All-Star shortstop was hobbled, and although he continued to play, he wasn’t right.

Gonzalez didn’t rule out Ramirez not playing on Tuesday.

Ramirez fouled a 93 mph fastball from Arizona’s Edwin Jackson. Initially he was trying to walk it off, until he stopped and hunched over. Gonzalez and assistant trainer Mike Kozak tended to Ramirez, who resumed his at-bat.

He collected himself on the next pitch, he bounced into a 6-4-3 double play.

In the second inning, Ramirez was involved in a play where he was clearly slowed. The Diamondbacks put runners on first and second with no outs. Tony Abreu lifted a soft popup that dropped in short left field.

With left fielder Chris Coghlan charging in, Ramirez was sprinting out for the ball. As the shortstop reached for the ball, he inadvertently booted it into the left field corner.

Not at full speed, Ramirez slowly chase on the ball, as two runners scored and Abreu ended up at third base. He was charged with an error, and the Diamondbacks scored three runs in the inning, with two earned.

When the Diamondbacks half of the second inning ended, Ramirez and Gonzalez had a few words before the shortstop headed to the clubhouse.

Brian Barden replaced Ramirez at the top of the third inning.

Ramirez is batting .293 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs on the season.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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