Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez is in so much pain that he can't even put his shoes on. He left Sunday's game in the first inning with back pain and wasn't sure if he'd play today. He's not in the team's lineup for tonight's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
"To get up from bed, I have to take 10, 15 seconds, I have to do everything slow," Ramirez told Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post. "That's the worst pain I've ever had in my life, in my career, that back. . .
"I'm getting tingles in my [upper left] leg. That's not a good sign. That's what we're worried about right now, to get this thing out of my leg."
Curiously, the Marlins seem to taking a "wait and see" approach, as Ramirez has yet to see a doctor for the problem. The team traveled to Arizona last night from Los Angeles and is in Phoenix until Wednesday. The team has an off day on Thursday before starting an 11-game homestead.
Still, there are doctors -- and some good ones -- in Phoenix. When a guy is owed more than $60 million through 2014, you might want to take a few precautionary measures.
Ramirez said his back has been bothering him for about a month. He said he doesn't want to go on the disabled list, something he hasn't done in his career.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.