BALTIMORE -- Encouraged by a power-hitting display he put on during an early batting practice session Friday, sidelined shortstop Hanley Ramirez said he hoped he could be in the Dodgers’ lineup on his April 30 bobblehead night.
“I want to be in there,” Ramirez said.
Is it possible?
“Hopefully, yeah,” he said.
When Ramirez tore a thumb ligament last month, he was initially expected to be out until mid-May.
Ramirez said it’s unlikely he will be activated during the six-game trip that begins Friday and includes three games in Baltimore against the Orioles and three games in New York against the Mets.
Manager Don Mattingly said he would like for Ramirez to play in a minor league game before he is activated.
Ramirez said he didn’t think a rehabilitation assignment would be necessary.
“Hell no!” Ramirez said with a huge smile. “I didn’t have an off-season. Let’s see, you know? That’s my opinion. But if they want me to …”