Hanley cuts knuckle after striking object in dugout
ST. LOUIS – Angered over grounding out sharply in the sixth inning on Sunday afternoon, Marlins third baseman Hanley Ramirez struck a cooling fan in the dugout, causing a laceration that caused him to leave the game.
Ramirez said he received two stitches, but says he will be ready for Friday, the Marlins first game after the All-Star Break.
Manager Ozzie Guillen was disgusted by Ramirez’s actions, calling it “stupid.”
“It was a stupid injury, too,” Guillen said. “Very immature. You’re going to hurt yourself because you can’t hit? Good hitters don’t do that. Good hitters battle back and try to get better. When you make an out and you hit something, you don’t just hurt yourself, you hurt the ballclub.
“He hit something out there. I think he hit the [cooling] fan or something.”
Leading off the sixth inning, Ramirez grounded out sharply to second base, which was fielded by Skip Schumaker, who made the play at first.
Ramirez was replaced by Donovan Solano in the bottom of the inning.
Solano’s spot in the order came up in the ninth inning, but with the bases full, the rookie struck out looking against Mitchell Boggs.
The Cardinals rallied from two runs down to win, 5-4.
“I just got mad,” Ramirez said. “I haven’t been good all year long, and I just got mad.
“I know. It hurts everybody. It hurts me. I will be back Friday. Nothing is going to keep me off the field or from playing.”
Ramirez cut behind his ring-finger knuckle.
Ramirez had a walk, two stolen bases and a run scored in the first inning on Sunday. But on the road trip, he ws 2-for-22, last getting a hit on July 4, when he drove in the game-winning run in the 10th inning at Milwaukee.
The veteran third baseman enters the All-Star Break with a .248 batting average, with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs.
– Joe Frisaro