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May 5, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (13) throws to first base from his knees during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeated Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Hanley Ramirez has MRI, misses third straight game

On Thursday, Los Angeles Dodgers Shortstop Hanley Ramirez went in to get an MRI on his injured right shoulder. Ramirez also missed his third straight game. So far Ramirez has yet to be put on a DL list of any kind, most likely the Dodgers were waiting on the MRI results before they decided on what they would do with Ramirez and his injury.

Ramirez has been bothered by an injury in his shoulder since early June. He received a cortisone shot before a game, and then played again in less than 48 hours. But, the pain flared back up in a game against the Kansas City Royals. This led to Ramirez being scratched from the lineup three games ago, and after no improvement with rest, the MRI became necessary.

Ramirez is an important part to the Dodgers. His hitting and defense, while not what it used to be in his days playing for the Miami Marlins, are still top notch. Ramirez is 30 years old now, at this point in his career it’s likely injuries are going to start becoming more common. Getting creative with rest and health plans will help Ramirez extend his career. If not, his baseball career will end faster than he would like.

For now, the Dodgers have activated third baseman Juan Uribe from the DL. While Uribe was injured, Justin Turner has been playing third base. What the Dodgers can do now is keep Turner on third base and move Uribe over to shortstop. This will give them room to put Ramirez on the 15 day DL and recover from his injury.

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