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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dodgers Injury Update: Hanley Ramirez, Josh Beckett

By on 8/24/2014 10:17:00 AM

Amidst a pennant race, the Los Angeles Dodgers received some good news about slugger Hanley Ramirez, and also an update on starter Josh Beckett, according to an article by Michael Lananna of

"If he's (Ramirez) good to go, I'm playing him," Manager Don Mattingly said.
The shortstop has been on the DL since August 9th battling a right oblique injury, but is expected to be activated today barring any last minute setbacks. Miguel Rojas has been filling in for Ramirez, and in 60 games this season is batting .207 with one home run and has driven in eight. Although the Dodgers do not have a pressing offensive issue, Ramirez's bat in the middle of their lineup, along with his defensive prowess, will only help ensure they stay atop the NL West.

The news on starter Josh Beckett was not as promising. Sidelined since August 4th, he threw from a seated position yesterday but it does not appear there will be enough time for a full rehab in time for this season, according to manager Don Mattingly. Despite a 6-6 record in 20 starts, Beckett is sporting an impressive 2.88 ERA this season in what was a  bounce back year.

It is widely considered around baseball that this club has one of the best lineups as well as starting rotations. However, in this case, too much of a good thing can't hurt. Ramirez and Beckett would only add to the chances of a title run in Los Angeles.

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