Originally written April 20, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez took live batting practice last night prior to the team’s contest against the Baltimore Orioles. Manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez – who’s aiming to return by the end of the month – is nearing a minor league rehab assignment, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. "Stan [Conte, medical director] said we've got to get off the trip first," Mattingly said. "[It is] at least a week before a rehab assignment. You want him to play at least a game or two. He hasn't played a [Major League] game in six months. He needs to get out and prove himself." Ramirez has been out since the spring due to a thumb injury, which he suffered during the World Baseball Classic. If it were up to him, he’d return to the team without going on assignment. However, it’s not up to him, and it appears that he’ll have to spend at least a few games in the minors before making his season debut for Los Angeles. He has been throwing for the past two weeks, and the cast he was sporting has been replaced with a pliable splint taped to his thumb. This gives him more freedom when it comes to hitting and throwing. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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