Hanley Ramirez can't win sometimes. Only a week after dealing with accusations that he does not try hard enough to help his team win games, he injured himself while attempting a spectacular catch against the New York Mets.
The Marlins shortstop sprained his left shoulder in Tuesday night's game while diving for an Angel Pagan fly ball in shallow left field.
At least Jeff Conine can't accuse him of not giving a full effort. Ramirez was running at full speed when he attempted the catch, as video of the play shows.
After the play Ramirez writhed on the grass at Citi field, clutching his left shoulder and grimacing.
Fortunately, the injury was not as bad as it initially appeared, though Ramirez said his shoulder briefly popped out of the socket.
"I fell, it went out, came back in," he told the Miami Herald after the game. He did not seem overly concerned about the injury, saying, "I just have to ice a couple more times and see how I feel tomorrow."
Manager Jack McKeon said after the game Ramirez is day-to-day, but unlikely to play on Wednesday. "I doubt [he'll be back tomorrow]," he told the Herald, "unless I take him to St. Patrick's and get it blessed, put a little holy water on his shoulder. We might do that."
Regardless, if Ramirez is ever accused of dogging it in the future, he can point to Tuesday's injury as proof that giving 110% can have potentially disastrous consequences.
David Hill is a Miami native and cofounder of Marlins Diehards, the only Florida Marlins blog with perspective on the eccentricities of Marlins fandom.