It’s been an MVP-like season for Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, but thumb, hamstring and shoulder injuries caused him to miss significant portions of the season.
Regardless, Ramirez is hitting .342 with 18 home runs and 53 RBIs, but the dreaded injury bug seems to have bit him again. In the top of the 7th inning, Hanley was replaced at shortstop by Nick Punto and it was speculated that maybe it had to do with a lingering ankle injury he suffered against the DBacks.
Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times was first to report the reason why Hanley was taken out of the game:
Hanley Ramirez left the game with mild left hamstring tightness.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) September 13, 2013
Unfortunately, this is the same hamstring that saddled Ramirez for close to a month earlier this year and ironically enough, he suffered the injury at AT&T Park against the Giants. Hanley fouled a ball off his knee/ankle area against the Diamondbacks and there was some thought that he was taken out of the game since he wasn’t running at ful speed.
With the Dodgers running away with the NL West, it’s possible that Don Mattingly give Hanley some rest as he hasn’t placed a premium on gaining home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
It remains to be seen how serious the injury is, but the good thing is it’s being called precautionary before Mattingly updates his status after the game.
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