UPDATE (July 4, 7:30 p.m.): The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Hanley Ramirez was removed as a precaution:
Hanley Ramirez was removed from tonight's game for precautionary reasons. No X-rays planned. #Dodgers
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 5, 2014
The Los Angeles Dodgers jumped out to an early lead of Friday’s game against Jair Jurrjens, who was making his first start in the Majors since 2012.
A struggling Hanley Ramirez, who got defensive when asked about his offensive slump this season after Thursday’s win, was included in the early fireworks.
Following a Yasiel Puig two-run home run, Ramirez hit a double to left field for his first extra-base hit since June 23. It appeared Ramirez would be stranded as the next two batters were both retired, but he was driven in on an Andre Ethier two-out RBI triple.
With the Dodgers still holding their 3-0 lead, Ramirez came up for his third at-bat of the game in the fifth inning. He was hit by a pitch on his left hand for the second time this season but remained in the game after being tended to by manager Don Mattingly and trainer Stan Conte.
Ramirez scored on Scott Van Slyke’s three-run home run and was further questioned by Conte upon returning to the dugout. The Dodgers finished the fifth inning with an 8-0 lead and Ramirez was replaced by Erisbel Arruebarrena in the bottom half of the inning.
The reasoning behind Ramirez’s removal was not immediately available and while he has been injury prone this season, it’s plausible the Dodgers simply made the decision to rest the shortstop with their comfortable lead and Clayton Kershaw on the mound.
The Dodgers decided against placing Ramriez on the disabled list Thursday and Friday marked his second consecutive day in the lineup.
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