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Hanley Ramirez: Morning Update


            Setting up in the press box at Citi Field and looked down to see Marlins trainer Sean Cunningham putting Hanley Ramirez through light jogging drills to test the sore groin. Based on my untrained medical eye, I would say Ramirez's return to the starting lineup remains iffy for this afternoon's game He was not exactly covering ground with fluid strides as he jogged from the foul line to shallow center, clearly favoring the injury.

           On Friday, after watching Ramirez take pre-game batting and fielding practice, manager Fredi Gonzalez said Ramirez looked okay swinging the bat but not so great taking ground balls. Ramirez was sent in as a pinch-hitter Friday night, grounding to short, but did not stay in the game.

           If Ramirez does play Saturday, he will not be at full strength. Don't look for any stolen bases or triples, in other words. We'll see shortly what the lineup card reveals.

             

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