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Hanley Ramirez scratched from lineup with bruised ribs

Oct 12, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Craig Sager just said on the TBS broadcast that Ramirez attempted to swing a bat and still felt discomfort in his ribs. He has left the stadium in order to undergo X-rays.

3:20 p.m. ET: Bad news for the Dodgers. The team just announced that Ramirez has been scratched from the lineup. Nick Punto will start in his place.

2:05 p.m. ET: Here’s a potentially big development for the Dodgers as they attempt to even things up against the Cardinals in the NLCS.

According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Hanley Ramirez could be a late scratch for Game 2 this afternoon as a result of bruised ribs suffered on a hit-by-pitch last night.

Ramirez was hit by a Joe Kelly fastball in his first at-bat last night and managed to stay in the game while dealing with the pain, but Mattingly said that he’s a “little sore” today. He’s in the lineup for now, but Mattingly described him as “iffy” and that a final decision could come around game time.

Ramirez, who batted is 8-for-18 (.444) one home run, one double, six RBI, and five walks over five games so far during the postseason. The Dodgers have Nick Punto and Dee Gordon as alternatives at shortstop if Ramirez can’t go. However, it goes without saying that either would be a significant downgrade to the lineup.

  1. spudchukar - Oct 12, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    I’m not sure their isn’t more than just bruised ribs, Ramirez looked like he was in a lot of pain both immediately after the plunking, and then again later on a line drive he had to leap for. Bummer.

  2. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 12, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Yeah, I’m not the best when it comes to anatomy placement. Even though I have a liver problem, and have passed kidney stones, you’d think I’d know where they reside in my body, but that had to of injured a spleen.. or kidney.. or lung.. or whatever is on that side. Or he’s just sore. Its always sore the next day when the adrenaline wears off.

  3. drewzducks - Oct 12, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    1/2 rack or full ?

  4. mkprz - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Ball was no accident.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 14, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      What? On an 0-2 pitch? In a stinking playoff game? Dude…you need to watch more baseball.

      • mkprz - Oct 14, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        If it takes their best batter out for the game or more.
        Talk to ex-major league players about the dirty side of baseball.
        Might surprise you.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      I don’t agree. Not in a playoff game. Regular season? Sure. But a playoff game? No way.

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