Update: Hanley Ramirez intends to try playing on Thursday, via the Los Angeles Dodgers official Twitter account:
"I'm going to do everything I can to be in there tomorrow." –@HanleyRamirez
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 17, 2014
With the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants locked in a 1-1 in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game, Hanley Ramirez was hit by a Ryan Vogelsong fastball on his left hand. Ramirez immediately grabbed at his hand and slammed in his helmet down in clear pain. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and trainer Stan Conte came out to visit Ramirez, who would not stand still for Conte to examine the shortstop’s hand.
Conte eventually escorted Ramirez out of the game, who then had X-rays taken on his hand, which came back negative, according to SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo:
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) April 17, 2014
With the score tied late in the game, Vogelsong’s hitting of Ramirez was not intentional. The Giants pitcher had retired 10 straight Dodgers at one point and held Ramirez hitless through his first two at-bats of the game. On the season, Ramirez is hitting .281 with two home runs and seven RBIs. The 30-year-old’s season got off to a slow start but seemed to turn the corner in the last seven games.
While the X-rays were negative, should the Dodgers have to play for an extended period of time without Ramirez, it could leave a gaping hole in the heart of the Dodger lineup. It would also likely result in Dee Gordon being moved from second base to shortstop, where he once was believed to start every day for the Dodgers.
The last time the Dodgers were without Ramirez for a stretch of games was in the 2013 NLCS. Ramirez was hit in the ribs by a Joe Kelly pitch in Game 1 and he, nor the Dodgers, ever recovered. Aside from being vocal in wanting to reach the World Series this season, it’s also an important year for Ramirez on a personal level as he’s set to become a free agent following the season.
In terms of being able to get rest for Ramirez and allow for any pain or swelling to subside, the Dodgers next off day isn’t until April 28.
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