ST. LOUIS -- There is peace in the kingdom once again.
Hanley Ramirez returned to the lineup Thursday after apologizing to manager Fredi Gonzalez and his Marlins teammates.
"He went up to everybody individually, told us he was sorry and he was wrong, and that he wasn't going to let it happen again," said Marlins infielder Wes Helms. "We wanted him to do that, and he did it. It means a lot to do what he did today because now we can lay it down."
Helms said Ramirez seemed genuine in his apology.
"I kind of said to him, 'Hanley, you're better than that,'" Helms said. "And he said, 'I know. And I shouldn't have said the things I said, either.' From the way I got it, he apologized for everything."
After being benched for "lack of effort" on Tuesday, Ramirez made comments critical of Gonzalez and his teammates on Wednesday. Gonzalez had said Ramirez would not return to the lineup until he apologized.
On Thursday, Gonzalez was prepared for any eventuality. He wrote out two lineup cards, one with Hanley's name on it and one without. Once Ramirez apologized to him in a private meeting lasting about five minutes, Gonzalez posted the lineup containing Ramirez's name.
"We still love him," Gonzalez said.