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Hanley Ramirez is worried his CT scan will reveal a serious injury

Oct 12, 2013, 8:56 PM EDT

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Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was hit in the ribs by a 95 MPH Joe Kelly fastball in the first inning of Game 1. He gingerly took his spot at first place after being attended to by the team trainer and was able to complete the game, going 0-for-2 with the HBP and three walks. He was scratched for Game 2, replaced by Nick Punto at shortstop.

Scott Miller of CBS Sports tweeted that, although Ramirez’s x-rays came up negative, he is worried that CT scans will reveal a cracked rib or worse. Ramirez will undergo a CT scan tomorrow in Los Angeles as the team is traveling home to resume the NLCS down 0-2.

2013 has been a year of unfortunate injuries for Ramirez. He tore a ligament in his right thumb in March, forcing him to miss the first 24 games of the season. He strained his hamstring in his fourth game back on May 3, forcing him out of an additional 28 games. When he was in the lineup, he was a force to be reckoned with, ending the regular season with a 1.040 OPS in 336 trips to the plate. Obviously, losing Ramirez would be a devastating blow to the Dodgers given their already unfortunate position in the NLCS.

  1. jimeejohnson - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    That’s gotta hurt whether cracked or bruised. Makes it very difficult to swing the bat. Any more bad news for the Dodgers?

    • 78mu - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      They don’t need Hanley the way the rest of the team is hitting with RISP. Who wouldn’t want Punto hitting cleanup? Is he going to strike out more than Puig or Gonzalez?

      How many teams are kicking themselves for passing on Wacha? My guess is 18.

  2. irishdodger - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Did Ramirez get 8 at bats in Game One or does the writer not realize that HBP & walks don’t count as at bats?

    • Bill Baer - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      It was a typo, 5 is just above the 2. My apologies.

  3. seniorboy - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    The SOB who hit Hanley needs to be hit himself and I would have retaliated immediately. Hit that poor asshole right in the ribs and see if he can pitch. Mattingly failed to reciprocate and knock down then hit Beltran. An eye for an Eye…
    The Dodgers were an absolute embarrassment. Puig looked like a little leaguer and could not figure anything out, thus striking out all the time. Uribe swung at a ball for a third strike when the walk would at east tied the game. Kershaw went brilliant without any support, and Punto is a joke, at best a triple A ballplayer. Unless Mattingly can jell this team, most of them need to see a therapist. I was ashamed to be a Dodger fan.
    Mattingly also takes big blame for allowing Adrian the pleasure of sitting on the bench during the 10th and 13th innings, giving us another worthless player who promptly hit into two double plays. Puig should have bunted in the first game, getting the runner to second, but he is far to immature to make such a choice.
    Pathetic Dodgers.

    • 78mu - Oct 13, 2013 at 4:10 AM

      It would have been pretty hard to respond immediately. First, Gonzalez and Puig had to strike out for the Cardinals to bat. Then Greinke had to wait until there were two outs in the bottom of the 3rd before Kelly came up. Not exactly the definition of immediate.

      And why would Kelly want to hit Ramirez in the first place. Do you seriously think it was intentional? Or is it some sort of macho thing that can’t be allowed to slip by without retaliation?

      • blacksables - Oct 13, 2013 at 7:08 AM

        Ah, leave the guy alone. He’s the only Dodger fan in the history of the franchise that’s ever actually watched the first inning.

        It’s considered gauche to show up before the bottom of the third. After all, the wine has to have time to breathe.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        Blacksables = BS

        Got it.

      • argusmanargus - Oct 13, 2013 at 11:57 PM

        Please don’t take “seniorboy” seriously. His hate likely keeps him awake at night, and that is a huge waste of ones life and of the fantastic emotional reward sports should be.

        Blacksables, you’re little better than him.

        Highly unlikely Kelly meant to him Hanley. Cardinals are the favorites now, all the pressure is on them.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      Yeah, the Dodgers never retaliate. Especially with Zack Greinke on the mound.

    • cohnjusack - Oct 13, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Yes, put the pitcher on base in a postseason game, both of which we decided by one run. Genius!

    • db1001 - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Lol wow, to be so passionate yet know so little about the game of baseball.

  4. saintsfire - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:20 AM

    idk plunking Ramirez, (who has been red hot at the plate all year including post season) in the ribs with a 95mph (fastball) could be part of the “cardinal way” anyone have a players copy?

    those cardinal pitchers are so wild right? didn’t they lead the league in wild pitches?

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 14, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Plunking Hanley Ramirez on an 0 – 2 pitch with the heart of the Dodgers order up IN A PLAYOFF GAME is smart baseball.


  5. mkprz - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Hit was intentionally hit.
    Grow up, this is serious money and adult baseball. It;s been like this since baseball was invented.
    It took the best batter out.
    Just look at recent football if anyone doubts that “head hunting” isn’t alive in pro sports.
    Just like when a bater is hit, there is pay back.
    Same in hockey.
    Don’t think there’s cheating in baseball?
    Look at the recent drug scandal.
    That order to take out Ramirez in the FIRST inning of the FIRST game, came from the coaches.

  6. saintsfire - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Beltran never was the same after crashing into the low fence in Boston no homers after the rib contusion and iirc no rbi’s

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