clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Ramirez sets off alarms

Hanley is back in Miami.

Hanley Ramirez, last season's NL Rookie of the Year, arrived in Miami for a checkup on his left shoulder due to a recurrence of soreness while playing with the Licey Tigers in the Dominican winter league.

The Florida Marlins sent for Ramirez, one of their key players, on Thursday. Ramirez will be examined Friday by the Marlins' doctors and plans to return to Santo Domingo on Saturday.

"It's a precautionary checkup," Ramirez said.

"I feel soreness when I swing. It isn't something serious, but the Marlins and I prefer to avoid risks."

Hopefully it isn't anything, but if there is any doubt, he should be shutdown for the rest of the winter leagues.  Come to think of it, even if the results of the examination show no damage, he should be shutdown anyway.  If his discomfort swinging the bat was such that it necessitated he had to be sent for, it's time to close this year's chapter of Dominican baseball for Hanley.