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July 25, 2012

Hanley Ramirez discusses trade, Marlins before heading off to Dodgers

Here is what Hanley Ramirez told reporters before leaving Marlins Park for his new team: the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Hanley Ramirez on the way to his last press conference with the Marlins. He's accompanied by Larry Beinfest and Mike Hill. Courtesy: CBS4

“First of all, I want to thank the Marlins for the opportunity they gave me to play in the big leagues and believing in my talent, young talent, and having me here for seven years. They’re always going to be my family. It’s one of the hardest days in my life for me and my family. The fans, they supported me here. I’ve been here always seven years and I know we don’t have a championship. It didn’t happen. We tried hard. I want to wish the Marlins the best of luck. I know they’re going to wish me the same way. Thank you for everything.”

 

“What can I say? I didn’t do what they expected me to do. I think that’s what happened in my opinion. I don’t think they just gave up. I didn’t do what I was supposed to do on the field.”

How did you feel, react to the news? “Bad. It’s the second time it’s happened in my career. Even my family, they were down, my mom, my wife, kids. It’s not good. It’s painful. Sometimes you have to keep your head up and move forward.”

What do you think led to this? “Struggling. I think almost seven years in the big leagues, struggling two years, I bet a lot of guys wish they can do that, out of seven struggle two. I’ve got a long career in front of me and I think I’m going to get back to what I used to be. I’m going to keep working hard. I’ll be a free agent in two years. Anything can happen.”

On whether he got too much blame: “I can’t control that. I don’t know what to say about that. Everything is trying to put the best team out there. They’re trying to do the best they can to win games and win championships. Sometimes they’re just going to think if we do this it’s going to get better or make some changes. That’s what’s happening right now. They made some changes and see what happens, but they have a lot of talent in that clubhouse and in the minor leagues.”

Message to fans: “I still love them. They showed me a lot of support last night after the game [when] I was walking to my car. Like I said, they’re always going to be in my heart. Seven years that I’m never going to forget in my life. They showed me a lot of support through those years.”

On Loria: “Yeah, he just called me. Me and him, we have a good relationship. He just told me sometimes we have to make some changes. It can be good for you and for us, and I agreed with that. At the end of the day it’s a business. You try to do the best you can to improve.”

“It’s hard to believe. Last night I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t sleep knowing I was going to leave my Miami. It’s always going to be my home, but it’s not the same.”

Did the switch to third affect his offense? “Not at all. Not at all. I don’t like to blame anything. I was just struggling at the plate. I was struggling, but the last couple of days I’ve been feeling better and everyone told me I looked better at the plate.

If he thought he would be traded after he left the ballpark last night: “Never. Never. I never felt I was going to be dealt.”

Why does the trade hurt? “It’s my family. I’ve been with the Marlins for seven years in the big leagues. I was hoping to stay here my entire career. It didn’t happen, but they’re always going to be part of my family.”

People label you as being hotheaded... “I’m just like Ozzie. I’m just honest. That’s why I get in trouble. I can’t tell you something to your face and go talk behind your back. If I see something wrong I just come up to your face and tell you. Every time I did something it came out of the clubhouse. When somebody else did something it never came out. I don’t know how that happens and I was surprised. A lot of things happened in the clubhouse with somebody else and never came out. Anything I did, it was on the street right away. I can’t control that.”

“Right now, I’m just looking forward to going to LA and do what I didn’t here, win championships.”

What was your relationship like with teammates? “I always got along with everybody, but it’s a family. Sometimes you’re going to fight. It’s a long season. Things are going to happen. It’s not that you’re not a good teammate. Sometimes you’re going to do something one of those guys didn’t like. Sometimes they’re going to do something I don’t like and that’s when everything starts, but we’re going to get back on the field and keep shaking hands and keep talking to each other.”

What he wants to be remembered for: “Everything. I think I [left] my heart here. What we expected to happen never happened, that was win a championship. What can you expect? It’s easier when you win some world series and get rings, it’s easier to be remembered.”

Have the guys given up? “Nobody is giving up I don’t think. Those guys gave everything every single day. They came prepared to play the game. I played with the best guys in the world. Every day they came here ready to play. They think with this trade they can improve the ball club.”

VIDEO: Ozzie Guillen reacts to Hanley Ramirez being traded to the Dodgers

Lot of reaction from the Marlins this morning to the Hanley Ramirez trade.

Here is the first video we'll post: Ozzie Guillen's reaction.

- Guillen said Greg Dobbs, Donovan Solano and Donnie Murphy, will alternate at third base with Hanley gone. 

FULL TRANSCRIPT OF GUILLEN'S THOUGHTS/COMMENTS

Did Hanley play the game right? "I can only speak on what I saw from him this year. This year, Hanley went by the rules. He played the game right. He did everything we asked him to do. Unfortunately, he wasn't playing up to his potential and we weren't playing up to our potential and that's the biggest reason he's not here right now. They can say what they want to say about him. But at the end of the day the reason Hanley is not here is our fault. We expected to play better and we didn't. I expect this ballclub to bounce back and react."

A lot of people thought Hanley had a bad attitude? "That's a lot of people. Ozzie Guillen can't say that. Hanley Ramirez have a great attitude with bad performance for me. I cannot say about his attitude. From Day 1 when we talked to today he was great with me. What he was in the past? That's their problems. I'm not saying this because he just got traded. I wish he had a bad attitude and produced. I would take that."

What do you say to fans? "The fans have to understand. We're going to play. We're going to show up and play the game right. It's going to be a different ballgame because we got the big boys out of the lineup. But, once again, this move you cannot blame the front office. You cannot blame -- well there we go again. No. You want to blame someone, you can blame me and the players. I think the front office showed everyone in Miami how much they want to win up to two weeks ago. They see we keep losing and losing and play bad baseball and unfortunately this is a business. When your business isn't going right you have to find the players to get it better."

Was management quick with the hook? "We got Giancarlo [Stanton] hurt. We were 10 games out of first place. A lot of people talk about the wildcard, but you're going to ask for more players when there is only one wild card game and ruining your minor league system? That's somebody else's problem. They were very patient. They were very optimistic. This conversation has been going for the last 20 days. I said it very clear going into Chicago and Pittsburgh [trip] -- this week will decide if we're going to keep this ballclub or move in a different direction. We played like crap and that's what we got. As a manager I want to have the best players out there. They just not performed the way we wanted them to perform."

You said this team was built around Hanley... "We did. Some people have to take responsibility and I'll be the first one to take responsibility. That we're not playing well, I blame myself. I don't think I managed the right way or coached the right way. But when you have the same team for so many years and see the same thing day in and day out same way -- you know how many hitting coaches, pitching coaches went through this organization with the same players? They look at it. I think they have to go maybe a different way with different faces. That happened with the White Sox when I got there. That happened with Tampa Bay. They traded key players and they got better. Hopefully with a couple players we got here we'll get better. I just had a couple meetings with a couple guys. I just talked to LoMo about what we'd like to do, what we want to do.

"I just saw some idiot on ESPN talk about we're dumping money. What an idiot. When you're on National TV and say we're dumping money that's stupid. We just added Carlos Lee a couple days ago. We just went different direction because a couple of players we have they weren't performing. That's not dumping money. That's trying to get better."

Money is moving with Hanley's contract, but are you confident management will spend money when needed? "They know the kind of money they want to spend. But it all depends on what kind of piece we're going to get. Is the piece the right piece? I never told management what to do. Of course, they ask me questions, I have my answer. You got the money. Only twice in my career as a manager have I said what I want. Mark Kotsay and Omar Vizquel. I never told management I want this guy, I like this guy. This year they asked me about Jose Reyes? How about Mark Buehrle? They were on the same page I was. But I didn't demand it. 

Were you satisfied with Hanley's effort to make adjustments... "Yes. He worked hard, very hard. He was in the cage every day. Things just didn't work out for him unfortunately. This kid has a chance to be a superstar -- that's what we thought, what we think. We are taking a risk here sending him to be good for somebody else. But that's a risk you have to take in this business. He never dogged except one time running the bases -- well, not running hard enough. But I don't have any problem with Hanley Ramirez -- at all. I'll take him any time. He was good for me, just was not the player they thought he was.

Can the mood of clubhouse with new voices be better here? "Maybe. But the only way the clubhouse can get better is winning. Don't blame Hanley. Don't think people are happy there. It's not Hanley's fault we are where we are. It's all those guys in there. Every one. Everybody should be pointing the finger at themselves. Are they going to be better without Hanley? We'll see how they react, how they play. But if they're happy Hanley is not here they're full of shit. They should look at themselves in the mirror and say we're not doing this because of us. If anybody says something different in there, they're watching different things than I watch. I think everybody should be blamed -- including myself. Myself No. 1. If they're happy Hanley is not here, that's not the way they should look at it. Nobody has more talent in here than Hanley Ramirez -- anyone. Be careful how you smile because you might be next."

Who will play at third base... "Dobbs. Solano. We got Murphy coming back. I like Dobbs coming off the bench a little bit better.

Even though Hanley didn't produce he was a presence in the lineup... "There's no doubt. If you're a pitcher and see Hanley you go 'Oh god.'"

What does it do to the lineup? "Nothing. Because he wasn't producing. We got to play a different way not... I think I saw a couple guys get walked to face Hanley this season.

"We're going to play better watch. I think we're going to play different. There is going to be more stuff gone. Just sit down in the press box and watch. We're going to have more little things -- squeeze, hit and run, stealing." 

What about Jose Reyes, he just lost the second baseman and third baseman who play next to him... "We might lose him too [laughter]. He has to worry about his own position. He can't worry about who you have on the side. Worry about your job. 

Is this an opportunity for him to be a leader... "We expect him to be the leader. We expect him to be the guy. I expect him to be the guy. He did it before and he should do it again." 

If it was Hanley Ramirez's team, whose team is now? "This is Jeffrey Loria's team now. I think it has an opportunity to be a couple guys' teams. Reyes and LoMo. I think those couple guys we look for to be the leader on the team. It's not easy to be a leader on the team. It's easy when you are 4 for 4 hitting .390... What's a leader? The guy they respect and love? Sometimes they respect you, but don't love you. Sometimes they love you, but don't respect you.Sometimes the leader doesn't play the game right. Sometimes the leader does crazy stuff off the field. To be a leader -- that package is pretty heavy. I think LoMo has a chance to do it. I think Reyes is a leader already."

Hanley Ramirez goes to the Dodgers

Hanley Ramirez, a former batting champion and All-Star whose hitting skills have diminished, was traded early Wednesday morning to the Los Angeles Dodgers as the underperforming Marlins continued selling off players.

 Ramirez and left-handed reliever Randy Choate were traded to the Dodgers for right-handed pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and minor-league right-hander Scott McGough. The Dodgers also agreed to pick up all of Ramirez’s contract, which will pay him about $38 million through 2014.

The trade came two days after the Marlins dealt pitcher Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante to the Detroit Tigers for prospects. It also comes just seven months after the Marlins went on a $190 million buying spree by signing free agents Heath Bell, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle.

According to sources, the Marlins plan to insert Eovaldi, 22, into their starting rotation in Sanchez’s vacated spot. Eovaldi could make his first start for the Marlins on Saturday. In 10 starts this season for the Dodgers, Eovaldi was 1-6 with a 4.15 ERA.

Sources said the Marlins had spoken with about four or five teams about Ramirez, but the Dodgers were the only one willing to eat the rest of his salary.

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July 24, 2012

Guillen, Marlins say white flag has not been waved by front office yet

With rumors swirling throughout baseball that the organization is not be done making moves before next week's trade deadline, the Marlins returned to work Tuesday saying the white flag of surrender hasn't been waved yet in their clubhouse.

"They've made two trades -- one to add [first baseman Carlos Lee] and the trade they made yesterday [sending second baseman Omar Infante and pitcher Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers for three prospects]. They traded for positions of depth, that's what I see," said left-hander Wade LeBlanc, who will get the start Saturday in place of Sanchez.

"To me, I don't really see it as selling as yet. I think they believe we can win and everybody in this clubhouse believes we can win."

Said Wednesday's Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco: "I don't think we're waving the white flag yet. It was a business decision. They got back what they wanted. Anibal is going into free agency after the year... I believe we can still win."

Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen echoed those sentiments Tuesday saying: "We still have a base. We still have people here to get this thing done." But at the same time, Guillen said, the players have no one to blame but themselves for being in this position. With a week before the trade deadline, the Marlins (45-51) are 7.5 games back in the National League Wild Card race and 11.5 games back of first-place Washington in the division.

"The people in Miami are used to blaming the front office because they broke up the team [after the 1997 World Series]," Guillen said. "If anybody wants to blame anybody, blame the people wearing this uniform. Don't blame the people wearing ties and sport coats. They do a great job. They did everything to keep this team together. They spent a lot of money, a lot of time.

"We didn't play good in this ballpark and we didn't play good on the road. We don't have an excuse. We played bad because we don't hit with men on base. We don't make the right pitches. We don't play good defense. You combine it all together, it's the players, it's me. You know me, I don't protect anybody from the front office. That's not my thing. But this was not a move like in the past after the championship. This is a move they made because we didn't play up to the potential."

> Guillen said Emilio Bonifacio will be the team's everyday second baseman moving forward. Justin Ruggiano, meanwhile, will replace Bonifacio in centerfield.

"Maybe once and a while we'll have an emergency and put [Donovan] Solano out there," Guillen said of second base. "It depends on how the outfield swings the bat, but I think most of the games Boni is going to be our second baseman... when a guy needs a rest [in the outfield Brian Petersen] will start."

Petersen and left-hander Dan Jennings were the two players the Marlins recalled Tuesday to fill the slots left by Infante and Sanchez.

HANLEY SAYS HE CAN'T CONTROL RUMORS

With his name being thrown around in trade discussions, Hanley Ramirez said Tuesday he's simply focusing on what he does best -- play baseball.

"Unfortunately I can't control that," Ramirez said of the rumors. "The only thing I can control is going out there and in the end getting that W... I don't want to think about it. I just want to concentrate on what I do best -- hit."

Asked about his future with the Marlins, Ramirez said: "That was the reason I signed here. I've been here what seven years now? That was my hope. But like I said it's a business. Hopefully I can stay here. Otherwise, I just want to play and win. Even when you don't do good, you want to win."

Marlins' asking price for Hanley Ramirez "is not ridiculous"

Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez were the first to go.

Could Hanley Ramirez be next?

According to our Barry Jackson, an official with an American League team said Tuesday that Ramirez, a three-time All-Star and former batting champion, is very much being made available by the Marlins and that the asking price "is not ridiculous."

The Marlins want young players in return, but want quality pieces - not a salary dump. Ramirez, hitting .246 with 14 homers and 46 RBI, is under contract through 2014. He is due $15.5 million and $16 million over the next two years. 

Oakland and Boston have interest, and USA Today mentioned Toronto as another possibility.

Ramirez, who missed three consecutive games with a right hand infection, is back in the Marlins lineup today.

Fox's Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday afternoon that teams also have been inquiring about Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Carlos Lee and Randy Choate. Lee and Choate are impending free agents, and it wouldn't be surprising if either is moved.

The Marlins would love to dump Heath Bell, but finding a taker won't be easy.

> A headline in Tuesday's editions of the Miami Herald incorrectly stated that Larry Beinfest said the Marlins have given up on the season by trading Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Tigers for prospects. Beinfest did not say that. He said the Marlins are "restructuring."

TUESDAY'S LINEUP

> Marlins: 1. Jose Reyes SS, 2. Greg Dobbs RF, 3. Carlos Lee 1B, 4. Justin Ruggiano CF, 5. Logan Morrison LF, 6. Hanley Ramirez 3B, 7. Emilio Bonifacio 2B, 8. John Buck C, 9. Mark Buehrle LHP.

July 23, 2012

Marlins trade Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez to Tigers for prospects (w/VIDEO)

       The Marlins are effectively throwing in the towel on the season, trading second baseman Omar Infante and starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez to the Detroit Tigers for three prospects.

       "The team is really not in contention and is in a tenuous spot at best," said Larry Beinfest, Marlins president of baseball operations, in announcing the deal. "And I think it was time to restructure. We're not winning at the level that we want to be winning at with the current group, so let's change things up."

       The Marlins obtained three prospects, foremost among them being right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner, whom Baseball America ranked as the 22nd-best overall prospect before the season. Turner has made three starts for the Tigers this season but will start out for the Marlins at Triple A New Orleans. Also obtained in the deal were minor-league catcher Rob Brantly and minor-league left-hander Brian Flynn. Brantly is a left-handed hitting catcher while Flynn stands 6-feet-8. 

      Turner was the 9th overall pick in the 2009 draft.

      "Our intention is not for him to be a Triple A pitcher, so we see him in our rotation (soon)," Beinfest said. "Brantly and Turner are going to Triple A. Flynn's going to Double A in Jacksonville. So we're getting three 'close-to' players. Really in Brantly and Turner, we're getting major league ready players. That makes it more attractive, getting guys you may not have to wait as long for."

      The Tigers, who are in need of a second baseman, have been scouting Infante for weeks. Infante said before batting practice today that he expected to be traded.

        "I think I'm gone," he said.

        Sanchez, who is eligible for free agency, was also ripe trade bait and told reporters following Sunday's start in Pittsburgh that he understood the situation.

        Beinfest said Wade LeBlanc would likely move into the rotation to fill Sanchez's spot, but expected Turner to move up before the end of the season. Beinfest said the straw that broke the camel's back was losing two out of three to the Cubs in Chicago.

         "This is a restructuring," Beinfest said. "I mean, it's kind of an interesting word because it doesn't fit into white flag or selling or any of those types of things. But, let's face it, the current group that was here was not winning, so we could stay put and just hope. But I think it's enough sample size in this season to say wow, these problems are real. We've lost contact with the division. We've pretty much lost contact with the wild card. We better think about something else, so that's where we are.

         "The message to the fans is we're disappointed, they should be disappointed, the current team did not win at the level we thought it should, and we need to make some changes. We're not winning as is, so we might as well try something else."

        Beinfest did not rule out further moves before the July 31 trading deadline.

        "If we need to make further changes, then we'll do it," Beinfest said. "I wouldn't say we're going to close up shop with a week to go before the trading deadline. We need to go through it. We need to go through it all, and do our work, and if that leads to something, fine, and if it doesn't fine."

        Josh Johnson, who was on the mound Monday for the Marlins, is being scouted by other clubs and could be targeted in a deal. Lefty reliever Randy Choate, like Sanchez, is eligible for free agency after the season and could go to a team looking for veteran bullpen help.

         Here's what Beinfest had to say about the trade:

Hanley Ramirez expected back Tuesday; Stanton takes B.P.

      With manager Ozzie Guillen on the mound, both Hanley Ramirez and Giancarlo Stanton took early batting practice this afternoon. Afterward, Guillen said he would likely re-insert Ramirez (hand infection) back into the lineup on Tuesday.

      "Hanley's the best I've seen him swing in a little while," Guillen said. "The ball was coming off his bat very well. I was happy with what I saw. So far, things are going the way we thought and I expect him to play tomorrow."

      Guillen said it's even possible that Ramirez could be used as a pinch-hitter in tonight's game.

      As for Stanton, it remains unclear when he'll be able to return to games. Monday was the first time he took batting practice outdoors, though, and he thought the session went "as expected."

      "Hitting was never the problem," Stanton said of his knee. "Running was."

      Stanton said he is continuing to build strength on the treadmill. Once he reaches 100 percent of his body weight (he is at 70 percent at the moment), he'll be allowed to begin routine jogging.

      Like most everyone else, Stanton said it's been difficult watching the Marlins of late.

      "It's tough, especially with nothing going right," Stanton said. "It's not fun to sit on my couch and watch them for nine innings."

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      As expected, Juan Carlos Oviedo was taken off the restricted list on Monday and placed on the 15-day disabled list. Oviedo is out indefinitly with a UCL sprain in his right elbow and is not expected to pitch this season.

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      Tonight's lineup:

      1. Reyes, ss; 2. Solano, 3b; 3. Lee, 1b; 4. Ruggiano, rf; 5. Morrison, lf; 6. Bonifacio, cf; 7. Infante, 2b; 8. Buck, c; 9. Johnson, p.

July 22, 2012

Stanton progressing; Ramirez still out

The Marlins are trying to avoid falling to seven games under .500 for the first time this season.

With the team in dire need of any offensive spark, it got some good news regarding injured slugger Giancarlo Stanton. An update Marlins executive vice president Larry Beinfest got from the team’s training staff said that Stanton is progressing as he continues to work his way back from knee surgery.

Stanton has been hitting balls off the tee and doing some light throwing for three days, and may be ready to take some batting practice at some point during the upcoming homestand.

            Stanton, who had arthroscopic surgery July 9 to remove two loose cartilage fragments from his knee, is expected to miss at least another 2-4 weeks.

As expected, Hanley Ramirez did not start for the third consecutive game. Ramirez, whose hand was almost fully wrapped Sunday, is recovering from an infection on the cut above the knuckles on his right hand that he suffered July 8 in St. Louis when he punched a cooling fan.

Lineups

Marlins (44-50): Reyes ss, Bonifacio cf; Lee 1b; Morrison lf; Ruggiano rf; Dobbs 3b; Infante 2b; Hayes c; Sanchez p.

Pirates (53-40): Presley lf; Walker 2b; McCutchen cf; Jones rf; McGehee 1b; Alvarez 3b; McKenry c; Mercer ss; Karstens p.

July 21, 2012

Hanley Ramirez out again; Ozzie Guillen thinks he could be out for a while

Hanley Ramirez’s infected right hand kept him out of the Marlins starting lineup for the second consecutive game.

Ramirez told reporters Saturday his status is “day-to-day.” Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, however, used a different term to describe the timetable for his return from the injury that stemmed from his punching a cooling fan July 8 during a game in St. Louis.

“Hanley’s not day-to-day,” Guillen said. “It’s more like ‘2 days-by-2 days.’ His hand is a little bit better today, but just a little bit. I don’t see that much difference between yesterday than today.”

Guillen said it would be a “miracle” if Ramirez would return for Sunday’s finale against the Pirates, and said a return during the team’s upcoming six-game home stand is “optimistic.”

I don’t know [when he’ll be back],” Guillen said. “I know he still can’t grab a bat. They have to go by the doctors and trainers and see how he feels. The infection seems like it’s pretty strong. We’ve got to play by ear. If you want to, call it day to day, but to me it’s ‘check every two days.’ Maybe, we can have him pinch run, but that’s it.”

Ramirez pinch ran Friday in the ninth inning and stole a base. On Saturday afternoon, he kept his hands tucked away in a sweatshirt he wore in the team clubhouse.

“I’m just waiting for the swelling to go down,” Ramirez said. “I have probably about 50-60 percent use. I can still move my fingers. I just can’t grab the ball or the bat. Once I can do those things I’ll be back.”

Guillen said Friday he heard the infection was caused by Ramirez not properly taking his medication for the original injury. Ramirez said Saturday he forgot to take it only one day.

“[The infection] happened overnight,” Ramirez said. “It was pretty bad. I had pain and it kept swelling up. I’m taking the same pills. I think I got an alarm now every time so I don’t forget.”

Said Guillen: “Hanley’s a grown man. He should know how to do that, but he didn’t. And now it’s too late. Now, hopefully he will from now on.

“But I think the problem started in St. Louis when he did what he did. Players don’t realize it until after the fact. When [something like] that happens, you are hurting the ball club not just yourself and that’s what we’re dealing with right now.”

July 20, 2012

Hanley Ramirez out for Friday's game vs. Pirates

Marlins third baseman Hanley Ramirez’s moment of rage nearly two weeks ago in St. Louis caught up to him Friday, forcing him out of the team’s lineup, possibly for multiple games.

            Ramirez left PNC Park early Friday afternoon and visited a doctor in Pittsburgh to treat an infection that developed around the area on his right hand where he cut himself punching a cooling fan in the dugout during a game July 8th in St. Louis.

Ramirez received two stitches above his right ring finger when the injury occurred in the sixth inning of that game. He missed the remainder of that game, but returned immediately after the All-Star break.

“[Ramirez’s hand] looked pretty ugly and it was pretty sensitive,” Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. “I was a little worried about it. Hopefully, it will come out soon. You can’t play around with that stuff. We have to prevent it from becoming a big deal. That’s the kind of thing you have to be careful. You have to take the time to cure it and hopefully it’s right away.”

Guillen, however, was miffed by the apparent reason for the infection. Guillen said he heard it formed due to Ramirez not properly taking his prescribed antibiotics.

“How do you forget to take a pill the doctor tells you to take?” Guillen said. “Hopefully the doctor finds exactly the right pills and I will tell him open your mouth, like a baby, and put them in his mouth and make sure he takes his pills every night.”

Greg Dobbs took Ramirez’s place at third base and hit sixth Friday in the Marlins’ lineup. The Marlins said Ramirez returned to the park approximately an hour before the start of the game.

Emilio Bonifacio and Jose Reyes each said Ramirez was showing no ill effects from the injury recently during the series following the All-Star break against the Nationals and Cubs.

“[Emilio Bonifacio] and some of the other guys saw it, and said it was bad,” shortstop Jose Reyes said. “Hanley was good the past few days. He was playing with it fine.”

Ramirez, who has been the subject of trade rumors the past couple of days, has gone 6 for 26 since the All-Star break with two home runs, three RBI and has struck out 11 times.