Marlins place no-diving rule on Hanley
JUPITER, Fla. — Hanley Ramirez is healthy and ready to start Spring Training.
The one restriction the Marlins are placing on Ramirez is diving for balls at third base.
Otherwise, everything is full go for the 28-year-old third baseman, who is recovering from surgery to his left shoulder.
On Tuesday, the day before Marlins pitchers and catchers begin workouts at Roger Dean Stadium, Ramirez spent the morning and early part of the afternoon hitting and fielding.
Ramirez took ground balls at third base, while Omar Infante was at second.
The switch from shortstop to third base will be one of the most watched storylines for the Marlins in Spring Training.
Last week, Ramirez had a check-up visit with Dr. James Andrews, who performed the shoulder surgery last year.
“He’s cleared to go,” Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said. “He saw Dr. Andrews last week, before the [charity] golf tournament. We’re going to try to keep him from diving on the shoulder during Spring Training, just to minimize anything going on there. But he’s fully cleared to go. He says he feels well.”
The Marlins are being cautious about diving, to avoid any further issues with the shoulder. But the team expects him to be at full-speed once the season starts on April 4 against the Cardinals at Marlins Park.
“We’re going to try to keep him on his feet in Spring Training,” Beinfest said. “There is no reason for him to dive right now.”
– Joe Frisaro