Los Angeles Dodgers’ shortstop Hanley Ramirez left Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning with tightness in his right side.
It appeared that Ramirez felt the discomfort after taking a swing in the top of the first. The slugging shortstop has been banged up seemingly all season and this latest one could lead to a stint on the disabled list.
According to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News, the 30-year-old will find out more on his condition on Saturday:
Hanley Ramirez will get an MRI tomorrow, Mattingly said.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) August 9, 2014
Miguel Rojas took over at shortstop and remained there until he was pinch-hit for by Andre Ethier in the sixth inning. While Rojas provides an upgrade defensively for the Dodgers, he cannot compete with Ramirez’s bat.
Ramirez broke down what happened in the first inning via Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago:
One swing, it just tightened up on me,” Ramirez said. “I was trying to play, and [manager Don Mattingly] was trying to be careful and took me out of the game. I’ll get treatment.”
This season has been frustrating for Ramirez as he has missed time with numerous injuries and has admitted to playing through the pain for the majority of the season. He has struggled defensively and has not been the force in the middle of the lineup that he was last season when he hit .345 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI in 86 games.
The Dodger shortstop discussed his feelings about the minor setbacks:
When your team is doing pretty good, it’s frustrating,” Ramirez said. “I want to be in there every day. When things like this come up, it’s like, ‘What happened?’ You work hard every day to stay in the lineup, and overnight things happen. Sometimes you get disappointed.”
In order to become healthier, Ramirez may have to head to the DL sooner rather than later to be ready for the playoffs.
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