Things didn’t look good for Hanley Ramirez after being pulled in the seventh inning last night as he, Don Mattingly and trainer Stan Conte decided that it was time to get him back in the clubhouse for treatment.
After the game, Ramirez said that he had an eye towards starting tonight when he asked to come out and in his pre-game press conference today, Mattingly said that Ramirez and Andre Ethier would both be in the lineup.
However, it was also revealed that Hanley might’ve injured himself in batting practice according to Jill Painter of the Daily News:
Hanley might have aggravated his left side with the broken rib in bp yesterday, mattingly said. #dodgers
— jill painter (@jillpainter) October 16, 2013
In three at-bats last night, Hanley struck out all three times and in one of his at-bats, he looked at three fastballs and struck out looking. Today, the Dodgers have their postseason lives on the line as Zack Greinke will look to send the NLCS back to Busch Stadium with Clayton Kershaw slated to pitch Game 6.
It’s widely known that Ramirez is playing with a fractured eighth rib and said the reason he continues to play is because the Dodgers took a chance on him last summer. The opposing starting pitcher today is Joe Kelly, the same starter that hit Hanley in the ribs in the first inning of Game 1 and it’d be sweet if Hanley could exact some revenge this afternoon.
While the Dodger pitching staff has a 1.64 ERA in the NLCS, the hitting has been awful as they’ve scored seven runs in four games and are hitting a whopping .223.
If they want to send the series back to Busch Stadium, Hanley and the Dodger offense will need to get going and hopefully he won’t suffer another setback.
In case you missed it, here’s the latest on “RallyBear” after Game 3 of the NLCS!