Should you own Hanley Ramirez?

Hanley Ramirez isn’t off to the best start with Jack McKeon. He was benched Monday against the Angels because McKeon “didn’t like the way he was running” during Sunday’s game. Ramirez struck out in a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth inning and is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday.
Monday’s benching would bother fantasy owners more if Ramirez was actually producing, but he’s batting just .200 for the season and is 2-for-19 (.105) since returning from the disabled list last Tuesday.

All the preseason rankings had Ramirez in the top 10, but should you even own Ramirez? There are a couple different ways to look at this situation. If you have been able to stay in contention despite the lack of production from Ramirez, then stash him on your bench until he heats up. Don’t forget, Ramirez has averaged a .313 BA and 25 home runs the past five seasons. He is a highly talented player with great upside who needs a good kick in the butt to start playing better. McKeon is a great motivator that knows how to push players buttons, which is exactly what Ramirez needs right now. The other possible scenerio is if you can no longer wait for Ramirez to heat up, sell high. That’s right – sell high! Don’t let another GM try to convince you otherwise. Like Dan Uggla, Ramirez has way to much upside to either dump or sell low.

In other fantasy news from Monday…..

  • How are owners of Albert Pujols feeling today? If you own him in an NL-Only league, options are bleak. Ty Wigginton could be available and he is eligible at multiple positions. James Loney could also be an option, but his batting average is a problem.
  • Josh Beckett was scratched from Tuesday’s scheduled start against the Padres due to illness.
  • Ryan Braun was scratched from Monday’s lineup with an upper respiratory viral infection.
  • Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs and currently leads the majors with 67 RBI through 72 games. Can you say MVP???
  • Hunter Pence (elbow) hopes to return to the starting lineup as soon as Tuesday.
  • Brian Matusz (hamstring) could be pushed back from Friday’s scheduled start against the Reds.
  • Craig Kimbrel has saved back-to-back games and hasn’t allowed a run over his last five appearances.
  • David Freese (hand) will begin his minor league rehab assignment Tuesday.
  • Evan Longoria homered and tied a season-high with four RBI against the Brewers.
  • Rafael Furcal (oblique) could begin a minor league rehab assignment next Monday.
  • Jonathan Broxton (elbow) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Albuquerque .
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