In a span of two games, the Los Angeles Dodgers may have come within inches of losing Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig for an extended period of time. The two sluggers were hit by pitches on their left hand that knocked each of them out of the game.
Puig bore the brunt of it in the third inning of Saturday’s game and continued to play until Matt Kemp pinch-hit for him in the eighth inning. Ramirez was first hit on the back of his left shoulder, remained in the game and was hit again, this time on his left hand, in the ninth inning and was immediately removed.
Both players underwent X-Rays following the respective games they were hit in and the results came back negative. The Dodgers scheduled follow up X-Rays Monday in Pittsburgh, which also came back negative.
Manager Don Mattingly ruled both players out for Monday’s contest and after the Dodgers’ win, spoke of what’s next for the duo, via Bill Plunkett of the OC Register:
Everything was negative with the X-rays which makes us feel better as far as any long-term, four-week type thing,” he said. “But it doesn’t really change the fact that both guys are sore and have some swelling in there. We have to get that out of there before they can handle the bat the way they want to.
Mattingly summed up his thoughts with stating the Dodgers are essentially in a wait-and-see state with the two players and was unsure if either would play Tuesday:
It’s a matter of waiting for them to be ready. We didn’t have those guys today. We’ll see where we are tomorrow.”
Although he was fortunate to escape without a break or fracture, it’s another injury for Ramirez in a season that’s been littered with them. The free-agent-to-be has battled calf soreness and a troublesome right shoulder that is unlikely to heal this season.
Puig has also taken some lumps along the way this year, but not to the extent Ramirez has. Adrian Gonzalez helped fill the void in Monday’s win over the Pittsburgh Pirates and he’ll likely need to continue doing so until Ramirez or Puig can return.
The Dodgers will play two more games against the Pirates, then have a day off before opening a three-game set in San Francisco on Friday.
Yasiel Puig’s Top Five Plays