When the season began, the Los Angeles Dodgers were the favorite to represent the National League West in the postseason but shredding the division hasn’t proven to be as easy as many thought.
It won’t get any easier if shortstop Hanley Ramirez is forced to miss significant time, something that seems possible after manager Don Mattingly suggested on Sunday morning that injury news on Ramirez ‘does not sound good‘.
Dealing with a calf injury, nobody knows when the former All-Star suffer suffered the problem though it’s kept him out of two straight games and could potentially lead to a disabled list stint if treatment doesn’t work.
It’s just another notch in the injury history of Ramriez, who has gained a reputation for being somewhat fragile during his impressive career.
Both Ramirez and the Dodgers have been working on a contract extension in recent weeks, though reports have surrfaced suggesting that Ramirez is wanting far more than the Dodgers want to pay, despite their deep pockets. Continued injury woes will only put further questions into how the Dodgers approach a contract extension with their oft-injured infielder.
For now, it’s expected that the Dodgers will continue to rest Ramirez and hope that he can avoid a disabled list stint though the team won’t be able to wait long as they can’t afford to play a man down for a handful of games, waiting for Ramirez to nurse himself back to health.