Ramirez Ahead of Schedule

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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez told reporters on Tuesday that he plans to return "way sooner" than originally expected. When Ramirez will be able to return is still not known. However, Ramirez has been wearing a splint that was designed for him that has allowed him to throw while protecting his thumb. Ramirez is fielding grounders and also taking swings during batting practice. The original target return date for Ramirez to return was May 17, but he will be back in the Dodgers lineup sooner which is good news for a Dodgers lineup that is struggling to score runs.  

 MLB News & Notes

  • Justin Upton hit his eighth home run of the season on Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals.
  • Joe Mauer went 4-for-5 with three RBI against the Angels on Tuesday. Mauer has eight hits in the first two games in this series.
  • Ubaldo Jimenez was pounded for seven runs and five walks in 1 2/3 innings. Jimenez is now the owner of a 11.23 ERA this season.
  • Chase Headley (thumb) will be activated from the disabled list today.
  • Aaron Hill will be sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks with a "slight surface fracture" according to Diamondbacks manager Kurt Gibson. Hill joins Adam Eaton, Jason Kubel, and Willie Bloomquist on the disabled list. To take Hill's place, the Diamondbacks recalled shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius from Triple-A Reno.
  • Ryan Madson threw a 40-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon. Madson said that he "felt great" after throwing and is confident that he can begin a rehab assignment within the next week or so. With Kevin Jepsen on the disabled list and Garrett Richards in starting rotation to fill Jered Weaver's spot, the Angels bullpen is in disarray and will certainly improve with a healthy Madson.
  • Matt Garza (lat) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Kane County on Friday. Garza will throw just two innings in his first appearance.
  • Michael Bourn has been placed on the disabled list with a right hand laceration. The Indians expect Bourn to return when he is eligible.
  • Freddie Freeman (oblique) took 30 swings on Tuesday and reported that he "felt fine". Freeman is eligible to be activated from the disabled list on April 22nd, but he may take a few extra days to get back into the Braves lineup and get a few at-bats in extended spring training according to Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.
  • Yovani Gallardo was arrested for DUI Tuesday morning, but is expected to make his next start on Thursday against the Giants. There is no excuse for anyone to drive under the influence and to continue to learn that millionaire ballplayers who can easily afford a cab or a limo service to drive them home is inexcusable.

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