PHOENIX — Dodgers outfielder Henry Ramos is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a right groin strain, manager Dave Roberts said on Tuesday.
Ramos left Monday’s game with one out in the bottom of the third inning, after feeling something while running to first base on a bunt attempt in the top of the inning. Test results on Tuesday confirmed the strain, and Ramos had a noticeable limp walking around the clubhouse.
The switch-hitting Ramos, who turns 25 in April, signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers in November, and was in camp as a non-roster invitee. Originally drafted in the fifth round in 2010 out of Puerto Rico by the Red Sox, Ramos hit .263/.306/.402 in 106 games between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket in 2016.
So far this spring Ramos has played all three outfield positions for the Dodgers, including three starts. He is 5-for-14 (.357) with a home run, a triple, a walk and six RBI in eight Cactus League games.
Though the injury to Ramos is more serious than most, the Dodgers are mounting several nagging injuries this spring, and for the next week or so are without six players who left for the World Baseball Classic. That could delay when some roster cuts might happen.
"Losing some guys to the WBC, and also the injuries, and not trying to get guys overexposed as far as innings out there, there's a balance,” Roberts said. “We're talking about it, but we haven't really set a date on when we're going to thin the room.”