Winners of three straight and in eight of the last 10 games, the Los Angeles Dodgers increased their division lead to four games over the San Francisco Giants heading into play Tuesday.
The Dodgers have received contributions at the plate throughout the lineup and that included Hanley Ramirez, who had 13 hits in the last seven games. While Ramirez has been swinging the bat at a much better rate in recent days, he fell victim to yet another injury.
According to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, Ramirez was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup due to a right elbow strain:
Right elbow strain is word on Hanley Ramirez #Dodgers
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 16, 2014
Ramirez was 2-for-4 in Monday’s win with an RBI double before being replaced by Miguel Rojas in the bottom of the sixth inning. Initially, the move was perceived as manager Don Mattingly simply giving the veteran the rest of the night off after the Dodgers opened an 11-3 lead.
However, the elbow issue may be something Ramirez has been battling as Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports seeing the shortstop ice his elbow in the series against the Giants:
Ramirez has been icing the elbow at least since the Giants series.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 16, 2014
With 12 games remaining in the regular season, the Dodgers can ill-afford to lose Ramirez for a prolonged stretch. The elbow strain gets added to the calf, right shoulder and left hand issues that have plagued Ramirez at various points throughout the season.
Ramirez, who will become a free agent after the season, is hitting .278 with 13 home runs and 69 RBIs in 119 games.
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