Cusumano: Hanley Ramirez has hairline fracture in rib

Posted by soaote on October 20th, 2013


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Los angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said a CT scan on the star shortstop revealed a hairline fracture in his eighth rib. Ramirez's status for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series remains uncertain and will be determined after batting practice.

Ramirez, who was hit by a Joe Kelly fastball in his first at-bat of Friday's Game 1 and had to sit out Saturday, has maintained he'll do everything possible to play Monday.

The Dodgers are down 2-0 in the series against the St. Louis Cardinals and may not have center fielder Andre Ethier either. Mattingly said Ethier, who has been nursing a sore lower leg, would be a game-time decision. L. A. could use his lefty bat against Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright, scheduled to start Game 3.

The determining factor of whether Ramirez plays figures to be his ability to withstand the pain and still perform effectively, especially swinging the bat, which creates the most discomfort.

Mattingly said the team's medical personnel told him, "Hanley's not in any danger of hurting himself any further. It's just a painful thing. It could be a week, it could be two weeks before this thing's gone. Certain things it's hard to play with. ''

NIGHTENGALE: Dodgers' backs against the wall

Ramirez, who ranked second on the Dodgers in home runs and RBI despite playing only 86 games in the regular season, batted. 500 with six extra-base hits in the Division Series.

He went 0-for-2 and walked three times in the Cardinals' 3-2, 13-inning victory in Game 1.

Nick Punto started at shortstop in Game 2 and made several fine defensive plays, but he's not the same offensive threat as Ramirez, who batted. 345 with a. 638 slugging percentage in the regular season.

The Dodgers, who are batting. 184 in the series and have been shut out in the last 19 consecutive innings, have made it clear Ramirez's absence represents a big blow.

"Hanley's been our best player, '' staff ace Clayton Kershaw said. "Every time he's in the lineup he's probably the best guy on the field. You can't dwell on it, but it definitely doesn't help our chances. ''.


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