With the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning a three-game series against the San Diego Padres Friday, Hanley Ramirez was in the lineup for just his fourth game since being reinstated from the disabled list.
Heading into the game, Ramirez hand’t quite found his swing but showed an improved glove during the Dodgers’ sweep of the two-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Ramirez changed his fortune a bit Friday as he came up with a game-tying RBI double in the third inning. The hit was just Ramirez’s second since coming off the DL and it was his first RBI in the four games and 59th on the season.
With the Dodgers trailing the Padres 3-1 in the sixth inning, Ramirez hit a leadoff single to center and slipped while rounding first base. Replay showed Ramirez was watching the the ball as he made his turn, only to have his feet go from under him.
Ramirez stood up and hopped back to first base, was called safe but a challenge from Bud Black led to the ruling being overturned. The shortstop remained in the game long enough to hit a solo home run that pulled the Dodgers into a tie with the Padres in the eighth inning.
However, he was then taken out in the bottom of the eighth due to stiffness in his left quad, J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily news reported following the walk-off loss:
Left quad stiffness for Hanley.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) August 30, 2014
While the pain may have started in Ramirez’s quad, manager Don Mattingly said it spread to other areas of his leg, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
Mattingly on Hanley: "…he was talking about his quad. Then it seemed like it kind of went up the leg, more in the groin, side of the leg."
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) August 30, 2014
Mattingly nor the Dodgers offered further details on Ramirez’s status and more on his condition is expected to be known Saturday. Prior to being removed, Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a home run, double and two RBIs.
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