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Fredi says Hanley needs to talk to his teammates

Hanley Ramirez will not be starting at shorstop today against the Arizona Diamondbacks. And manager Fredi Gonzalez said he didn't know if Ramirez, who was benched Monday for not hustling after a ball he booted in the outfield, would play at all he works out his issues.

For the complete interview, check out our Marlins audio section. Here is part of Gonzalez's transcript from moments ago...

Is his injury why he isn't in the lineup?

No. I think he's fine. I'm sure he's a little bruised up or banged up. But he's not in the lineup.

And the reason for that is...

I think he needs to take care of some problems. I think he needs to take care of the situation and when he handles that the right way, we'll be fine. It's one of those things that could be good. It could be good. 

Will he pinch hit?

I don't know.

What do you think he needs to do?

I think he needs to talk to his teammates a little bit. You know what I mean? I think whatever feelings he has with me or not has with me, it's fine and dandy. We don't need to get along. But I think he needs to get along with the 24 other guys in his team and when that happens, we'll run him back in there. I think if he sets his ego aside, this could be good.

Does he need to apologize to his teammates?

I think he needs to talk to his teammates.

Did you speak with him?

I've spoken to him, yes. Within the last 10 minutes. 

Is he suspended?

No. 

How was he in the discussion? He was pretty angry.

OK.

Did he seem like he was going to heed your advice?

Not sure.

We asked him if he was going to and his first words were 'For what?'

Well, what are we going to do then?

You don't want this distraction do you?

If it's handled the right way I think it could be good. If not, it could be a distraction. It could grow into some ugly stuff. Let's wait and see what happens. Let's not make a mountain out of a molehill just yet. 

Handled by him?

I think so. There's not a date or an hour or the third inning of today's game. We'll wait and kind of let this thing work itself out a little bit. I think sometimes when the ego gets in the way and the ego kind of deflates a little bit and you see the forest and the trees, I think it would be good.

He said some said unflattering things about you not playing in the majors...

He's right. But I know how to play the game. I played six years in the minor leagues and I know what it takes to play this game and I know the effort it takes to play this game and I know it's hard to play this game. Believe me, I know it's hard. That's it.

He said 'It's your team, you can do whatever the f--- you want.'

It's our team. I'm just a guy who makes the lineup. It's our team. 

How disappointed are you with his comments?

I'm not disappointed. Sometimes it takes a little time. But that's what you want to hear. You want this to turn around and be a positive. And that's all it takes. It takes a little bit of responsibility and we could take off. It's not the first time it's been done in the major leagues, not the first time I've done this in the major leagues. We'll see how this develops. My job as the manager -- as the f---ing manager is to make sure 25 guys play together and the effort is there. I can't control everybody going 4 for 4. But you can control the effort. 

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BK

I say trade him for a team player and give his contract to dan uggla. How many timese do you hear uggla complain? Never! thats my point. Trade him and get a shortstop that can actually play defense!

CarolinaFishFan

I am a diehard baseball fan. I have loved this sport for a very long time. The rediculous antics prior to game time on 5.17.2010 was absoluately childish in my own personal opinion. Some people like that idiot up in Washington in the White House and the so called protesters last night call AZ SB 1070 Unconstitutional...well the last time i checked, ILLEGAL IMMIGRENTS have no CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, b/c the ARE NOT US CITIZENS! I think that law needs to be adopted by the US Govt so that ALL ILLEGALS can be SENT HOME! Illegal immigrants take money out of my pocket b/c I have to pay for their illegal welfare and health care that they shouldnt be getting. I have no problem w/people wanting to immigrat to the USA...but D*MN, do it the right way! And another thing, this country needs to stop bending over backwards to accomdate non-english speaking illegal immigrants. Stop making everything in this country bilingual to statisfy those that dont know the language...Make their butts learn ENGLISH and stop accommdating illegals. If they're here legally let them learn ENGLISH! If they're here illegally...SEND THE BUTTS HOME!!!!!

cj

Did anyone in the entire state of Florida ever think that maybe Rameriez didn't take himself out of the game because he knew his back up has a sprained ankle? Add to it the face that Ugga publicly called him out last year for "not" playing through an injury and what you have is "darned if you do, darned if you don't". If I were him, I would'nt say anything to the coach and after the game hang with my boys, to "Heck" with the "team".

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