LOS ANGELES – Shortstop Hanley Ramirez came out of Sunday’s game after complaining of stiffness in his lower back in the first inning, and his status for the rest of the road trip is unclear.
But Ramirez did not sound optimistic when asked whether he thought he could play Monday in Arizona.
“Bad,” Ramirez said.
Said Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez: “We’ll find out tomorrow. I have to find out what’s the situation , what’s the status with Hanley and then we’ll go from there.”
After popping out in the first inning, Ramirez told Rodriguez that his lower back was bothering him. Ramirez took his position at shortstop in the bottom of the first, but he didn’t return for the second inning.
“I sent him back to take the field that first inning, but I didn’t like what I saw,” Rodriguez said. “When he went out there, he said he would try. Swinging is one thing. But when he can’t perform defensively, now he’s going to be hurting the pitcher, he’s going to be hurting the whole team.”
Ramirez said his back was bothering him before Sunday.
“It’s been bothering me,” he said. “But it got a little bit worse with that swing. I don’t know. It’s day to day.”
The Marlins were already playing with a short bench due to having 13 pitchers on the roster. If Ramirez is unable to play, they’ll have only 11 available position players when they open a three-game series in Arizona on Monday against the Diamondbacks.