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Horacio Ramirez


Ramirez was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a sprained middle finger. He is expected to miss at least one month and possibly the remainder of the season for the Atlanta Braves.


Ramirez left Monday's with an injured finger in the fifth.


The Atlanta Braves have placed Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. The Braves' left-hander was injured running to first base on a fourth-inning bunt in Atlanta's 9-8 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday. He allowed eight hits and five runs in three innings before leaving for pinch-runner Jorge Sosa.


Ramirez was bumped to the bullpen when John Thomson and Mike Hampton returned from the disabled list last weekend, but the Braves have changed their mind and will move him back into the starting rotation. The lefthander, who is 10-7 with a 4.73 ERA and one complete game in 24 appearances (23 starts) this season, is scheduled to take the mound against the San Diego Padres on Saturday.


With Mike Hampton and John Thomson returning to the Braves' active roster this weekend, Ramirez is expected to move to the bullpen for the time being. The Braves need a fifth starter only twice the rest of the month, and Ramirez will get the call in those contests, but in between, he'll pitch in long relief.


Ramirez pitched a gem in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the struggling Chicago Cubs, notching the first shutout and third complete game of his major league career. The Braves' lefthander allowed just three hits over his nine innings of work, striking out four and walking one. He needed just 100 pitches to finish the job, 69 of which were strikes.


Ramirez was a bit questionable going into Monday's matchup with the Florida Marlins after suffering a slight groin strain in his previous outing. However, the Braves' lefthander did not appear to be limited by the minor ailment, allowing just one run on five hits over seven innings of work. He struck out two and walked three. In his last 12 innings, Ramirez has surrendered only one run.


Ramirez strained his groin while running out a double in the fifth inning of Wednesday's meeting with Florida Marlins, forcing him to leave the game. The Braves' lefthander will be re-evaluated over the next couple of days, but he is confident that he'll be ready for his next turn in the starting rotation. Prior to his departure, Ramirez allowed just three hits over five shutout innings, which was enough to pick up the win -- his third in his last three decisions.