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Hanley Ramirez will play tonight despite rib fracture; Andre Ethier also in lineup

Oct 14, 2013, 5:58 PM EDT

Contrary to the nightmare scenario of our last post, Dodgers fans will not be subjected to Michael Young at shortstop. After testing his rib fracture by fielding grounders and taking batting practice, Hanley Ramirez told reporters that he will be in the lineup tonight for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cardinals.

Courtesy of the Dodgers’ Twitter account, here’s a look at the padding that Ramirez will be wearing under his uniform:

There’s no official decision on Andre Ethier yet, but Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register passes along word that he tested his ankle this afternoon and plans to tell Dodgers manager Don Mattingly that he wants to play. Having both Ramirez and Ethier back would be a big boost for a lineup which hasn’t scored a run in 19 innings.

UPDATE: It’s official. The Dodgers just announced that Andre Ethier will also be in the lineup.

  1. billybawl - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Injured Hanley Ramirez > healthy Michael Young.

    Does Phiten make a titanium belt? They should.

    • cur68 - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      A one legged duck is more defensively versatile than Mike Young. Just doesn’t have as much class is all.

      • indaburg - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        But Michael Young has a Gold Glove!!!

      • cur68 - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        Don’t bait me.

  2. dannymac17 - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    These guys are putting it all on the line.

  3. moogro - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Where are the talk-tough whiners today? Real men wouldn’t wear the pad?

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