Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez hopes to begin a minor league rehab assignment next week, according to Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times.
Hanley Ramirez hopes to go on a minor league rehabilitation assignment next week. Expects to play 3 games.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) April 24, 2013
Ramirez told reporters that he expects to spend three games on assignment. If all goes well over the trio of contests, he would then be activated from the disabled list by the Dodgers.
Sidelined since spring training due to a torn ligament in his thumb, Ramirez recently said that he would be able to return from injury much sooner than initially expected. He's backed up his words, as he's on pace to be activated well before the eight-week recover window Los Angeles provided at the onset of injury.
The Dodgers are sorely missing Ramirez's bat in the lineup, as they've been using Justin Sellers at shortstop in his absence, while Luis Cruz has been manning third base. Sellers is hitting .216, but that makes him look like Babe Ruth compared to Cruz, who's only mustered a batting line of .087/.122/.209 over 16 games.
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