Found April 28, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Often the biggest step toward recovering from an injury is playing in a real game for the first time.  Los Angeles Dodgers' shortstop Hanley Ramirez did just that yesterday.  Ramirez played in his first minor league rehab game since injuring his thumb and ultimately undergoing surgery. Austin Laymance of MLB.com says Ramirez played with a splint on his thumb to avoid further injuring the area, but the splint did not inhibit him too much.  Ramirez went 1-for-3 with two RBI in six innings yesterday.  He will still need plenty of rehab action before he can return to the Dodgers, but it was a positive step forward for the three-time  All-Star. Ramirez was a standout with the Florida Marlins from 2006-2010.  In that span, he made three All-Star Games and won Rookie of the Year.  He didn't hit below .292 in those five seasons.  However, in 2011 Ramirez started to slump.  He hit .243/.333/.379.  The slump continued in 2012 and he was ultimately dealt to the Dodgers before the July 31st trade deadline. The Dodgers hope Ramirez can return to the form he showed from 2006-2010.  The injury to his thumb (he hurt it in the Championship game of the World Baseball Classic) certainly sets him back, but Ramirez appears to have all the same skills that made him one of the best young hitters in baseball for five straight years. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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