Hanley hopes to miss a week

MIAMI — Going on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career hasn’t dampened Hanley Ramirez’s enthusiasm about a speedy recovery.

The Marlins’ three-time All-Star shortstop feels he may only be out a week.

On Monday afternoon, Ramirez was placed on the 15-day disabled list — retroactive to May 30 — with a left back strain. Shortly after the decision was made, the 27-year-old sounded confident that he could be back in lineup on June 14, when the Marlins open a four-game series with the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

“I hope it’s just a week,” Ramirez said.

Due to the retroactive date, June 14 is the first day Ramirez is eligible to be reinstated. Monday was the most confident the Florida shortstop has sounded about a speedy return.

“Today, I haven’t had that tingle in my leg,” he said. “Everything has been improving. I think I feel way better today than I did yesterday and the day before.”

Joe Frisaro


We met you on a recent flight from SFO to LAX and you seemed to share our concern about Hanley’s slump. And yet, the Marlins’ collapse did not occur until Hanley stopped playing. Could it be that Hanley helps the team even when his numbers are down?

Glad to hear from you. Hope you had fun in LA. Being without Hanley doesn’t make the team better, despite his down year. He’s still a threat and at any time could break out. Other teams look at Hanley as a player they will single out to not beat them. Without him, they can be even sharper going after the rest of the lineup.

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