UPDATE (July 21, 3:55 p.m.): According to David Vassegh of Dodger Talk, the results of Hanley Ramirez’s and Yasiel Puig’s second X-Rays were negative:
Follow up X-Rays on Hanley and Puig were negative #Dodgers
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) July 21, 2014
The first scheduled series out of the All-Star break figured to present some challenges to the Los Angeles Dodgers as it marked their first visit to Busch Stadium since being eliminated in the 2013 NLCS.
Through the first two games, the Dodgers saw Dan Haren and Zack Greinke allow the St. Louis Cardinals to jump out to early leads. The Dodgers managed to break through Sunday and got their lone win of the series.
However, along the way Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig were both hit by a pitch on their left hand — Puig on Saturday and Ramirez on Sunday. Both players underwent X-rays, which came back negative.
With the Dodgers now in Pittsburgh for the next stop on their road trip, manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez is unavailable Monday and Puig’s status will be dependent on how he progresses, according to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News Group:
Hanley’s sore. Yasiel is still a bit sore,” manager Don Mattingly said Monday. “Hanley, we’re not going to try to do anything with. Yasiel, as the day goes on, we’ll see if he can do anything.”
Puig was hit in the third inning by Joe Kelly, who is also responsible for hitting Ramirez in the Game 1 of the NLCS last season.
Puig remained in the game for five innings before being pinch-hit for by Matt Kemp. Ramirez was first hit by Carlos Martinez on the back of his shoulder, but remained in the game.
With the game tied in the ninth inning and the go-ahead runner on second, Trevor Rosenthal hit Ramirez on the left hand with a 99 MPH fastball. The Dodger shortstop was unable from the game and said after the win he intended to play Monday.
Ramirez and Puig are both scheduled for further exams in Pittsburgh.
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