Hanley Ramirez 'Essentially' Done for 2010 With Elbow Pain
The Marlins are really only playing for a .500 record right now (they're 77-78), so there's no sense in sending their franchise player out and risking an injury at this point in the season. He's got inflammation in his left elbow and probably in his right elbow as well and though neither injury is serious, the pain is enough to keep him sidelined.
Well, for the most part anyway. Ramirez came on as a pinch-runner in the eighth inning Monday night, departing immediately after the frame.
This news means that what's been an awfully tumultuous season for Ramirez is coming to a close. To begin with, his numbers this year aren't quite on par with the .342/.410/.543 season that nearly won him an MVP in 2009. (Not that hitting .300/.378/.475 as a shortstop is bad; it's just not as good as he was last year or the two years before it.)
He's also had to deal with both a public feud with former manager Fredi Gonzalez after he booted (literally) a bouncing ball down the left-field line and failed to hustle after it, then Gonzalez's firing just a few weeks later that some connected to him. Hanley denied having any part in Gonzalez's firing, but everything's added up to make a long year for the 26-year-old.