ST. LOUIS — One locker stall at a time, Hanley Ramirez worked his way around the Marlins clubhouse to apologize.
A few hours later, he was back in a more familiar, comfortable place: batting third and playing shortstop. The team was ready to put the outburst that led to a benching behind it.
"He told us he was sorry and he was wrong … and he wouldn't let it happen again," teammate Wes Helms said Wednesday. "Doing it that way is a lot easier than doing it front of a whole crowd.
"Whatever way he does it, we just wanted him to do it, and he did it. So now it's done with."
Two days after pulling Ramirez for not hustling, manager Fredi Gonzalez had a clear-the-air chat with the two-time All-Star, then put him in his lineup.
"I think we're all parents here," Gonzalez said. "Sometimes our children will say something that hurts, but it's no big deal, we still love them."
Yanks lose another
NEW YORK — Jorge Posada has a broken bone in his right foot that the Yankees say will sideline their star catcher for three to four weeks.
Posada, however, insisted it won't take that long to return to the lineup.
An MRI exam on the switch-hitter revealed a hairline fracture on the bottom of his right foot. Posada will join CF Curtis Granderson, DH Nick Johnson and RH setup man Alfredo Aceves on the DL.
BRADLEY BACK: DH Milton Bradley rejoined the Mariners after two weeks of counseling for personal issues and anger. His hiatus is over. His process of getting help to deal with what he called "stressors, unpleasant thoughts and feelings I've been having" is not. "I don't have all the answers. I'm not saying I'm cured," he said.
BLUE JAYS: 1B Randy Ruiz was granted his release so he could sign with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japan Pacific League. OF Jeremy Reed was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. Also, LHP Marc Rzepczynski was activated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Triple A.
BRAVES: LF Matt Diaz is out for at least a month after surgery on his infected right thumb.
GIANTS: 2B Freddy Sanchez, out all season after left shoulder surgery, was activated from the 15-day disabled list.
INDIANS: CF Grady Sizemore went on the 15-day disabled list with a deep bone bruise in his left knee.
METS: LHP Jonathon Niese went on the 15-day disabled list with a mild strain of his right hamstring. The contract of RHP R.A. Dickey was purchased from Triple-A Buffalo.
NATIONALS: Top prospect Stephen Strasburg gave up three hits and struck out nine in 61/3 scoreless innings for Triple-A Syracuse. The right-hander, 21, has not allowed a run in 181/3 innings at Syracuse.
RED SOX: RHP Josh Beckett went on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain. Former Rays RH reliever Joe Nelson was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket. Also, LF Jacoby Ellsbury, out with an injured rib, will be evaluated today.
TIGERS: RF/DH Magglio Ordonez was scratched because of a sore right heel.