Manny Ramirez to the DL – again?

Manny Ramirez

Manny Ramirez, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, felt tightness in his right calf during pregame warm-ups. The calf was the same one responsible for Ramirez’s first trip to the disabled list, which was in April. Ramirez will be evaluated on Saturday when he gets to the park. He is listed as day-to-day.

Fantasy owners have a challenging decision to make regarding Ramirez. Ramirez’s fantasy value has really declined this year despite a .317BA  this year.  Ramirez has only 8 HR and 39 RBI and if this latest calf injury causes a third trip to the disabled list, it may just be time to release Ramirez and look at other options for the second half.

In other fantasy news from Friday…..

  • Aramis Ramirez hit one. His 8th inning blast rallied the Cubs past the Phillies. Ramirez is batting .400 (18-for-45) with five homers and 14 RBIs in July.
  • Bengie Molina hit for the cycle. After the triple, Molina left the game with tightness in his right quad muscle. He is day-to-day.
  • Josh Hamilton returned to the lineup on Friday after leaving Thursday’s game with tightness in his calf muscle. Hamilton went 2-4 and appears to be fine.
  • Marlon Byrd hit one. Byrd had two hits and two RBI and is having a solid season in Chicago.
  • Justin Morneau was placed on the 15-day disabled list eight days after sustaining a concussion. This move is retroactive to July 8th. Morneau should be ready to go when he is eligible to come off the disabled list July 23rd.
  • Chase Headley and Adrian Gonzalez each hit one. The two combined for five hits and 3 RBI as the Padres pounded the Diamondbacks.
  • After colliding with the wall on Thursday, Jason Heyward was back in the lineup Friday night. Fantasy owners of Heyward can breath a sigh of relief. Heyward went 1-4 with a run scored.
  • Brad Hawpe is going to start at first base on Saturday. Depending on league eligibility requirements, fantasy owners have to like the additional first base/corner eligibility Hawpe will have this year.
  • Adrian Beltre was back in the Red Sox lineup after sitting out Thursday night’s game with a strained left hamstring. Beltre also missed the All-Star game earlier in the week, but he was able to convince Terry Francona after completing some pregame drills. Beltre had two hits and an RBI in the game, but the Red Sox lost for the second straight night to the Rangers. It appears the hamstring is fine.
  • Stephen Strasburg threw six shutout innings while giving up four hits and striking out seven. Strasburg improved his record to 4-2 and will face Cincinnati in his next start.  Fantasy owners will not have Strasburg for the final weeks of the season as the Nationals have said that he will be shut down once he reaches 160 IP. After last night’ start, Strasburg has thrown 104 IP this year. If you are in a non-keeper league you need to sell Strasburg now. If you are in a keeper league, don’t even think about moving Strasburg, but be prepared to find other options for the final weeks of the season.
  • Kris Medlen will be skipped in his next start. Jair Jurrjens will start Tuesday with Medlen starting next Saturday against the Marlins. Medlen will go 17 days between starts. This is good news for Medlen fantasy owners even though he is missing a start. The Braves are doing a good job managing his innings and want to keep him in the rotation as the team is 10-1 in Medlen’s starts this season.