Confirmed: Ramirez Will Apologize, Play Today

Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez, benched by manager Fredi Gonzalez for lack of hustle and a poor attitude, reportedly said Wednesday that he plans to apologize to the team before the Fish face the St. Louis Cardinals today.

Fredi Gonzalez Speaks To Media In St. Louis About Hanley Flap

(Gonzalez has confirmed Ramirez in lineup for today  - see update below)

In response to the benching and his subsequent comments about Gonzalez, Ramirez told Wednesday:

I’m sorry that all this got so ugly. My intent was not to cause a distraction. I’m sorry that things got this heated. The team, the fans don’t deserve it. We are all professionals here and we’re pulling for the same side. I’ll try to close this chapter and focus on playing baseball.”

Ramirez also clarified his comments about Gonzalez having never played in the major leagues. Read more…

Fredi On Hanley: ‘Surprised’ If Not In Lineup Today

Appearing on WQAM-AM in Miami today, Marlins Manager Fredi Gonzalez addressed the playing status of Hanley Ramirez, who was recently benched by Gonzalez for not hustling and making subsequent, incendiary comments about the manager.

Hanley Ramirez Dogs It, Gets Removed From Game By Fredi Gonzalez

Gonzalez: “I would be surprised if … I would be really surprised if he’s not in the lineup (against St. Louis) today. We’ll take care of it, he’ll be in the three hole and playing shortstop and hopefully we’ll be shaking hands (after a win) after the game.

Gonzalez removed Ramirez from Monday night’s Marlins-Diamondbacks game in Miami because he thought the shortstop didn’t hustle while chasing a ball in the outfield. Ramirez was then benched for Tuesday’s game against Arizona.

The Marlins open a series today in St. Louis against the Cardinals.

Gonzalez, who indicated yesterday to reporters that Ramirez would not play again until he apologized, noted to WQAM today that he had not talked to the shortstop since Tuesday’s game and that he had seen no indication that Ramirez had apologized to any of his teammates. Read more…