For the second consecutive game, shortstop Hanley Ramirez was out of the Marlins lineup.
The All-Star shortstop continues to feel discomfort in his left elbow – an injury that initially caused him to miss Friday’s 2-0 loss against the Cubs – and may be available to pinch-run Saturday, but won't start.
“It’s day-to-day,” Ramirez said while icing his elbow. “I want to play. I’ve been playing through the pain the last two months and we just decided to give it a little bit of rest and see if it gets better.”
Prior to Saturday’s game, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez told reporters that Ramirez underwent an MRI on his elbow Wednesday that revealed inflammation in the area.
After receiving the results, Rodriguez planned to give his slugger Wednesday night off. But Ramirez insisted that he wanted play through the pain and finished with a 1-for-5 performance.
Ramirez reiterated his desire to play to Rodriguez Friday in a private meeting. But the manager overruled his star, deeming that his playing mindset was solely predicated on addressing the public’s perception that his injury is exaggerated.
“That’s one thing that he’s concerned,” Rodriguez said of Ramirez’ public perception. “He hasn’t said so, but I know. You can sense that. He’s really hurting, but because he’s concerned with what the perception is, he may want to play, but I’m not going to let him play.”
Ramirez, however, assures he isn’t the least bit concerned about the public’s perception of his toughness.
“It’s OK,” Ramirez said. “People are always going talk, but the MRI is there and it’s going to show everything.”