Will Shoulder Limit Hanley In 2012?

Hanley Ramirez. Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Shortstop Hanley Ramirez said Monday he will have a better idea of his availability for 2012 once he gets a CT scan later this week. The scan will determine what type of surgery he will have on his ailing left shoulder.

Whatever is decided, Hanley Ramirez said he expects to have surgery in the next week or two.

"We're going to do (the test) as soon as possible so (I will have) as many days as I can get for the rehab after the surgery," Ramirez said Monday, speaking for the first time since doctors recommended surgery.

Ramirez had arthroscopic surgery on the same shoulder in October 2007, and he was ready for spring training. He went on to bat .301 with a career-high 33 home runs that year.

But he knows there's a chance doctors this week will recommend a more involved type of surgery to prevent the shoulder from popping out. That could involve a longer recovery.

"It's time to get it fixed now and I don't have to deal with it next year," said Ramirez, out since Aug. 2.


Top Prospect Dominguez Arrives

Matt Dominguez was called up by the Marlins late Monday.

"I'm going to play him some. We're going to get a look at him," manager Jack McKeon said.

"Some of these guys who have been here, like (Greg) Dobbs and those guys, have done yeomen's work all season long. You just can't slight them. We'll mix and match, We'll try to get a look at all the young guys. But we'll be selective."

Dominguez, Florida's top draft pick (12th overall) in 2007, batted .258 with 12 homers and 55 RBI in 87 games for Class AAA New Orleans.

Fish Wrap

--RHP Alex Sanabia and C Vinny Rottino were called up late Monday from Class AAA New Orleans. IF Alfredo Amezaga was designated for assignment.

--RHP Josh Johnson threw 21 fastballs in his first bullpen session since June. Johnson was encouraged because he was able to get extension on his pitches, which he could not do in June.

He is scheduled to throw off the mound again Wednesday and Saturday. But he's not planning on starting a game for the Marlins until Opening Day at the new ballpark.

"It's going to be tough," he said when asked about his chances of pitching in a major league game before the season ends Sept. 28. "It's going to be pushing it, and right now is not the time to push it."

Johnson would be happy just to pitch in a minor league or simulated game before October. "That's kind of what we're shooting for," he said.

Johnson, who hasn't pitched since May 16, is 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in nine starts.

--RHP Javier Vazquez struck out seven batters, giving him 2,507 for his career and moving him past Christy Mathewson for 29th place on the all-time list.

--RF Mike Stanton (right hamstring) took some practice swings. He hasn't played since Saturday, but manager Jack McKeon hopes Stanton can be available by Tuesday or Wednesday.

--The team reinstated three players from the disabled list Monday -- C John Baker, INF Donnie Murphy and RHP Brian Sanches. LHP Randy Choate (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Baker, coming off Tommy John surgery, drew a walk as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning Monday, his first at-bat since May 12, 2010. Murphy, out since April 30 with right wrist inflammation, flied out in the seventh inning. Sanches has been out since Aug. 10 with a right elbow strain.

--RHP Sandy Rosario, recalled from Class AAA New Orleans on Thursday, made his 2011 debut Monday night, allowing one hit in a scoreless eighth inning.

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