LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 27: Hanley Ramirez #2 of the Florida Marlins acknowledges teammate Greg Dobbs (not pictured) after Dobbs drove Ramirez in with a base hit against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eigth inning at Dodger Stadium on May 27, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Marlins 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
The DL on the DL
Updates from around Major League Baseball on players who are "freshly back" from the disabled list or "newly gone" to the DL.
Oakland Athletics 2B Adam Rosales: Rosales had been on the DL for all 68 days of the season so far, while recovering from offseason right ankle surgery. Rosales hit a home run in his second plate appearance tonight - his first game back. Third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff was optioned back to Triple-A Sacramento. Kouzmanoff had been batting .221 in 46 games so far this year.
- Los Angeles Dodgers LF Marcus Thames: Thames was on the DL for a total of 34 days after being placed there on May 3rd due to a strained right quad. Before being placed on the DL, Thames had an even lower average than he usually does (.176) and had only hit two home runs in 22 games. Jay Gibbons, who started the year in Triple-A Albuquerque, was designated for assignment. Gibbons had not been performing much better than Thames. He was batting .255 with one home run in 24 games.
- Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Juan Uribe: Uribe was on the DL for a total of 16 days after being placed there on May 21st due to a strained left hip flexor. He was hit by a pitch in a rehab game on Saturday, but the X-Rays were negative. Juan Castro was designated for assignment. Castro has only played in seven games this season.
- Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Blake Hawksworth: Hawksworth was on the DL for a total of 26 days after being placed there on May 11th with a strained right groin. He re-injured the groin while on a rehab assignment and an MRI revealed a tear in his hip. However, he will pitch through this throughout the season. Right-handed pitcher John Ely, who has only appeared in two games this season, was optioned back to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Chicago Cubs RHP Matt Garza: Garza had been on the DL for a total of 19 days after being placed there on May 18th with a right elbow bone contusion. Garza pitched tonight against the Cincinnati Reds, lasting four innings and 81 pitches, giving up four runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Scott Maine, who had an ERA of 10.29 in seven innings pitched this year, was optioned back to Triple-A Iowa.
Florida Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez - 15-Day DL, Strained left lower back: Ramirez has been out of the lineup since May 30th with a back injury. He has been struggling this year, to the tune of a .210 batting average and a .306 on-base percentage. This is the first DL stint for Ramirez in his career, though he has missed quite a few days due to injury. LHP Brad Hand was called up from Double-A Jacksonville and will make his career debut as the starting pitcher on Tuesday versus the Braves.