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Hanley Ramirez says he will play in NLCS Game 3 if he can withstand the pain

Oct 13, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez sat out Game 2 of the NLCS after taking a 95 MPH Joe Kelly fastball to the ribs in the first inning of Game 1. X-rays were negative and he is still awaiting the results of a CT scan taken today, but he told the media that he will play in Game 3 if he can withstand the pain — even if he has a fractured rib. (via Dylan Hernandez).

In related news, outfielder Andre Ethier, who also sat out Game 2, is uncertain if he will be healthy enough to be inserted into the starting lineup. He would, however, be available to pinch-hit. (Also via Dylan Hernandez)

Down 0-2 in the NLCS, the Dodgers have been stymied by the Cardinals’ young and effective starting rotation and now they must overcome Adam Wainwright in Game 3. Having Ramirez and Ethier in the lineup, as opposed to Nick Punto and Skip Schumaker, would make a big difference in their attempt to win four out of the next five games.

  1. kruegere - Oct 13, 2013 at 6:46 PM


    • blacksables - Oct 13, 2013 at 7:04 PM


  2. production55 - Oct 13, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Plain and simple. He hasn’t been and never will be a gamer. When you play in the post season you have to figure out a way to play. He always seems to never play through injuries

    • forsch31 - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      And it seems he’s doing that. Playing with a fractured rib is not something to be taken lightly.

      Pain control is probably the most important part of treatment for fractured ribs, because the pain can cause difficulty with breathing which can lead to lung collapse and infection.

      And if it’s more than a single fracture, he shouldn’t play. He’d be endangering his life, and to be blunt, a game isn’t worth that.

    • jpstyles314 - Oct 14, 2013 at 3:16 AM

      My father once had 2 fractured ribs. He didn’t want to go to the hospital, so he elected to LAY on the couch and LISTEN to the television (I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t think it was that serious). The next morning, my sister got up kinda early at @5am (this was when I was still in hs, so Saturday mornings were always a late start), saw him laying on the couch motioning for her to come over. He whispered to her (breathing was shallow) “call an ambulance” and said he couldn’t move. HE ALMOST DIED, so if Hanley can’t play with fractured ribs, you should probably take his word.

      • im2gr84u2h8on - Oct 14, 2013 at 8:27 AM

        Hope your father’s okay now.

  3. notsofast10 - Oct 13, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    I wish we could push a button on our computer and deliver a 95 mph fastball to the ribs of some of the posters here!!!!

  4. Anoesis - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    “…the Dodgers have been stymied by the Cardinals’ young and effective starting rotation…”

    They were “stymied” by a blown call at the plate in game 1. And you’re always effective when you can take out one of the other team’s best hitters. Things might be different in this series if Kemp, Ethier and Ramirez were 100%.

    Give the Cards their due, they’ve found a way to win two one-run games. Let’s see if they can squeak out another in Dodger Stadium.

    • emykk - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:38 AM

      I find it interesting that everyone on the internet calls that a “blown call” but the professionals (sports casters, players, etc.) all acted like it was no big deal. You know why? Because it wasn’t. That was a clear out, whether he tagged the guy or not, even Ellis said so. Get over it, you lost.

      Also, squeaking out 1 run games against Kershaw and Greinke is nothing to snort at. Those are two great pitchers, and the fact that the Cards won those games was due mostly to their terrific young pitchers.

    • jpstyles314 - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:51 AM

      The LA Times has a picture showing the tag, but the comments are saying there was no tag. It was a tag, unless they changed the rules for that game.

      Don’t believe me?,0,7030757.story

      Different frame

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      Blown calls ass. I have seen it in a still shot, I have seen it in numerous replays and I saw it frozen on MLB network. The tag was applied to his left elbow. 3 outs.
      Further, that call absolutely would NOT have been overturned with replay. Additionally, that call is made 10 times out of 10 times. Lastly, as Gary Sheffield said…”w/ the neighborhood play at 2nd base I have no problems with this.” But it matters not…cause’ the tag was applied to Ellis’ left elbow. As evidenced by the aforementioned still shot, replays and MLB network.
      But yeah…go ahead and hang your hat on that as I am sure it makes it a little easier to swallow.

  5. im2gr84u2h8on - Oct 14, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    That was dirty what the Cards did to Ramirez-who clearly is the Dodgers’ best hitter. White people play dirty. That’s proof right there.

    • emykk - Oct 14, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      It is ridiculous to assume that Kelly hit him purposefully. That would be stupid, to put him on base that early in a playoff game. Kelly was not happy about it, and obviously no one thought it was purposeful because the benches and the umpires Dustin react, except to make sure he was okay.

      • emykk - Oct 14, 2013 at 8:43 AM

        *didn’t react. Stupid autocorrect.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        Yeah…not shit emykk. 0 – 2 pitch with the heart of the Dodgers order up in a playoff game no less. Obviously a smart baseball move.


    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      YOU. ARE. A. RACIST.


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