Ramirez initially wasn't in Saturday's lineup after suffering an unspecified injury to his left leg when he tripped and fell rounding first base Friday night. He talked his way into staying in the game, hit a tying home run, then was removed for precautionary reasons.
Ramirez, however, persuaded manager Don Mattingly to put him back into the lineup Saturday afternoon when he passed running tests for Mattingly and vice president of medical services Stan Conte.
"We're satisfied he can do everything," Mattingly said. "Anything can happen, but we're confident he came out of it unscathed."
Puig also was back in the lineup after getting a "frustration day" Friday, when Mattingly said his young outfielder appeared to be playing frustrated while in a slump. Puig struck out pinch-hitting Friday night and is hitless in his last 19 at-bats.
In the revamped lineup, Mattingly moved Ramirez up to second and dropped Puig to fifth. "I want to get Hanley the extra at-bat," he said. "I thought he looked good last night [three hits, two RBIs]. It's the first time he looked better since he's been back [from the disabled list last Sunday]. It looks like he's swinging better."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less