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Ramirez (Shoulder) Scratched Again; Proctor (Elbow) Shut Down


           VIERA -- The injury report for the Marlins continues to grow more ominous. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez did not make the trip to Viera and was scheduled to have a doctor exam his sore right shoulder in Jupiter. Meanwhile, manager Fredi Gonzalez said they have shut down right-handed reliever Scott Proctor, who continues to experience discomfort in his surgically repaired right elbow.

           Ramirez has not played since Saturday when he was used as a designated hitter in Fort Myers. Gonzalez said the team's All-Star shortstop took ground balls on Sunday and was scheduled to make the trip to Viera for Wednesday's game against the Nationals.

           But Gonzalez said Ramirez told him at 2:20 p.m., about 10 minutes before the team bus left Jupiter, that he didn't feel like he could play. The Marlins immediately set up an appointment for Ramirez to see a doctor.

           "We want to make sure it's nothing serious," Gonzalez said. "I can't give you much information because we found at 2:20 and were leaving at 2:30. He came over and said I'm not feeling real good. Usually it's the other way around. He wants to go in and play."

           Proctor had been throwing flat ground for the past couple of weeks after trainers detected loose scar tissue associated with his elbow surgery last fall. Gonzalez said there is a strong chance Proctor won't be available for the start of the season on April 6. He said Proctor would not throw for the next several days.

          The Marlins are also without the services of Alfredo Amezaga, who has a sprained left knee, and closer Matt Lindstrom, who is on no-throw status with a strained right shoulder.

          "It seems that's the way it goes," Gonzalez said. "We haven't had anything. All of a sudden, one week -- bam -- you've got three or four guys (hurt)."

         

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