Hanley Ramirez won the batting title in 2009 and the way he looks at the plate these days resembles that kind of production. Ramirez has not played alot this year, but when he has been able to play, he has been really good. Ramirez singled and hit a two-run homer in Tuesday’s 6-5 win over the Giants. In 2009, three years after his Rookie of the Year season, Ramirez batted .342. Then, the mileage started catching up to him with multiple injuries that consisted of shoulder, lower back pain, and most recently hamstring issues. But those injuries are quickly becoming old news and Ramirez is looking like that guy that won the batting title four years ago. Ramirez has a hit in each of his last eight games and has four home runs while driving in 10 runs over that stretch. Overall, he’s now batting .361 with five homers and 13 RBI over 61 at-bats this season.
The San Francisco Giants and Angel Pagan received the worst news possible regarding his hamstring injury. Pagan is expected to miss up to 12 weeks after learning that his hamstring tendon behind his left knee will require surgery. That means Pagan will miss almost the entire remainder of the regular season and could be lost for the year if any complications pop up. Twelve weeks from Tuesday is Sept. 17, when the Giants have 12 games remaining. There seems to be some optimism by the Giants that Pagan could be back sooner than the reported 12 weeks, but the bottom line is that the Giants will be without Pagan for a long time. Fantasy owners that have Pagan on their bench know what to do.