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Hanley Ramirez in his final rehab start?

While the title of the post leaves open the question, expect Hanley Ramirez to rejoin the team soon.


The 27-year-old shortstop, who made his second rehab start with the Class A Jupiter Hammerheads Saturday night at Roger Dean Stadium, went 1-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored hitting third in the order.

In the fifth inning, Ramirez tripled off the wall in right field, and scored on a groundout to third. His standup three-bagger came on a 0-2 pitch.

He grounded into a pair of fielder's choices in both the first and third innings.

At shortstop, Ramirez made a leaping grab on a liner with a runner at third and the infield in during the first inning. On a sharp grounder to his left in the sixth, the ball took a high hop and Ramirez was given the error.

While I wasn't at the game, the way his error was told to me was that he did his usual. In other words, he kinda half-assed it. He can do some good things when in the field when his heart is into it, but that wasn't true of his effort in the sixth. However, he did do a decent job of beating up on Single-A pitching while down (or should that be up) in Jupiter.

Hanley may rejoin the Marlins on Wednesday but don't be surprised if it is extended to Thursday when the Marlins have the option of calling up the whole the 40-man roster.

In other Jupiter rehabbing news. 

Both Donnie Murphy and John Baker, who have been on the 40-man roster in the past, also started in Saturday night's game.

Baker caught three innings and went 1-for-2. Murphy finished 1-for-4 and spent time at third base and shortstop.

It was the first time John Baker batted leadoff in this professional career, something he has always wanted to do. Totally guessing here, but I think he may have Dan to thank for that. Though Scott Cousins may not be all that happy about it since it got him scratched from the lineup.