Hanley Ramirez #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after suffering an injury on a play at third base against the San Francisco Giants on May 3, 2013. He was cleared to play Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
"Hanley is unbelievable."
That is what Don Mattingly had to say about getting Hanley Ramirez back in the Dodgers' lineup on Tuesday.
The Dodger manager has loads of confidence in his shortstop.
"Every night that Hanley plays he has the chance to be the best player on the field" Mattingly said.
Mattingly is hoping that Ramirez can produce with the same day-to-day consistency as Adrian Gonzalez. He said the Dodgers have taken Gonzalez's production for granted, and he hopes that the middle of the order can soon deliver the same production as the Dodger first baseman.
There are no planned days off for Ramirez, but Mattingly has discussed with him that he needs to play "under control" and is looking to keep him on a short leash.
The Dodgers want to avoid a third DL stint with Ramirez, and hope that by holding back some of his explosiveness, he won't re-aggravate the hamstring. Ramirez has only played in four games this season with a thumb injury and the hamstring strain.
With Yasiel Puig's call up and Ramirez back from the DL, Mattingly believes the lineup is back to full strength, even without Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford.
That shows how much confidence Mattingly has in young players like Scott Van Slyke and Yasiel Puig that are filling in for the injured stars.
In other injury news Chris Capuano has been moved to the Disabled List. In Anaheim he felt a strain that he hoped would go away in time for his start on Monday.
The pain did not go away, and he underwent an MRI on Tuesday that showed a left shoulder latissimus strain. This was enough to put him on the 15-Day DL retroactive to May 30th.
Stephen Fife, who started for Capuano on Monday and earned his first career win, will likely stay with the ball club for the duration of the injury.
The Dodgers face the San Diego Padres Tuesday night and Hanley Ramirez will bat fourth in his return.