Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was pulled from last night’s game with a tight left hamstring and left everyone holding their breath about how long he’d be out. Ironically, it was the same hamstring that Ramirez injured in his first game back from a thumb injury at AT&T Park in early May and Don Mattingly said he’s been dealing with soreness for a couple of weeks.
However, Hanley underwent a precautionary MRI today to find out how bad the injury was and it revealed that he had a nerve irritation in his back, causing stiffness in the hamstring.
The Dodgers official Twitter account was the first to announce the injury and when we can expect Ramirez back on the field:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 14, 2013
As expected, Ramirez wasn’t in the lineup against the Giants tonight as Mattingly is also sitting Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez against lefty Madison Bumgarner.
While the Dodgers believe Hanley will be back next week, he had the same issue back in 2011, which landed him on the DL. With a 12.5 game lead in the NL West, the Dodgers are able to use caution when it comes to rushing Hanley back onto the field.
Arguably the Dodgers best hitter this year, Ramirez has dealt with thumb, shoulder and hamstring issues all year or else he’d be in the thick of the National League MVP discussion.
While it’s unfortunate that he’s dealing with another injury, the prognosis on Hanley’s hamstring could’ve been way worse and hopefully he’ll be ready to go once the playoffs start in 18 days.
In case you missed it, be sure to find out more about Brian Wilson not speaking to the Giants reporters last night.