Dodgers activate Hanley Ramirez from DL, expect him to debut Tuesday
Back in 2009, a 25-year-old Ramirez looked like he was set to become the next great Major League player. He batted a ridiculous .342 with 101 runs scored, 106 RBI, and 27 stolen bases. However, the 2009 MVP runner-up has completely failed to sustain the level of success he experienced that season, and was shipped off to the Dodgers amidst the Miami Marlins' train wreck 2012 campaign.
After being traded, Ramirez gave Dodgers fans hope that he may return to being one of the league's better shortstops. While in LA, Ramirez batted .271 (his best average since 2010), and drove in 44 RBI in only 64 games.
Ramirez will look to pick up where he left off and continue his timely hitting for the Dodgers, who sit in 4th place in the NL West with a record of 12-12. Justin Sellers has been the Dodgers' shortstop in the absence of Ramirez, but has posted a .213 batting average with only two extra base hits in 61 at-bats. Ramirez should provide an immediate upgrade in the lineup.
Fantasy owners who took a chance on drafting Ramirez should be happy, as he was originally expected to be out until mid-May. Owners may want to play it safe and make sure he is ready to produce before plugging him into starting lineups, but he should be a viable starter soon. For what it's worth, he went 2-for-3 with a double in his most recent rehab game.