Hanley Ramirez was benched by Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez for not hustling after a ball during Florida’s 5-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Miami on Monday night.
Last year’s National League batting champion, Ramirez committed a costly error in the second inning after Tony Abreu’s looper dropped near him in short left field. The star shortstop accidentally kicked the ball about 100 feet toward the left-field corner and loafed after it, allowing two runners to score as Abreu advanced to third.
Ramirez, who eventually retrieved the ball, was replaced by Brian Barden the next inning. Gonzalez confirmed that Ramirez was pulled for not hustling.
MORE WRIST SURGERY FOR JOHNSON
Yankees designated hitter Nick Johnson will have surgery on his right wrist, the most serious of a rash of injuries that have plagued New York this season, forcing manager Joe Girardi to get creative with his lineups.
The injury is in the same wrist that needed season-ending surgery in June 2008. He also missed all of 2000 with a strain in the wrist.
The Diamondbacks, with a bullpen by far the worst statistically in the majors, acquired right-handed pitcher Saul Rivera from Cleveland for cash considerations and released Bob Howry. … Rays left-hander J.P. Howell has had a setback in his rehab program for a strained left shoulder. … Phillies reliever Brad Lidge received a cortisone shot in his surgically repaired right elbow.