5/4 Ramirez may be dropped in lineup
Lou Piniella hinted after Tuesday’s game he may move Alfonso Soriano up in the lineup and drop struggling Aramis Ramirez down.
“It’s been five weeks of this now,” Piniella said of Ramirez’s struggles. “You’ve got to be patient with good hitters. That’s not a problem or concern, but at the same time, we’ll see what we do with the lineup, if I don’t juggle it around in the middle just a little.”
Ramirez, who missed two months last season because of a separated shoulder, said he’s healthy. It just doesn’t look that way at the plate. He’s batting a feeble .149 after going 0-for-4 Tuesday in the 3-2 loss to the Pirates and leads the team with 26 strikeouts. Told about the possible lineup switches, Ramirez deferred to Piniella.
“I’m going to try to do my best whether I hit first or ninth, I’m going to try to do my best,” Ramirez said. “It doesn’t matter where I hit.
“Right now, I’m off on everything,” he said. “I’m late on the fastball, early on the breaking ball. I just have to keep working to try to figure it out.”
A career .286 hitter, Ramirez said he’s never been a slump this long.
“I have no excuses,” he said. “I just haven’t gotten the job done.”
— Carrie Muskat