The Dodgers got news an hour before the start of Game 2 that shortstop Hanley Ramirez wouldn’t be in the lineup due to bruised ribs he sustained in the first inning last night.
Ramirez was hit in the ribs during his first at-bat and while he stayed in the game, he was clearly in a lot of discomfort. Without him in the lineup today, the Dodgers inserted Nick Punto to take his spot at shortstop.
During the game, Hanley tried to swing a bat in the cages, but was in so much pain that he had to go to the hospital for X-Rays. After the Dodgers 1-0 loss, Don Mattingly updated Hanley’s condition to David Vassegh of AM570 Radio:
Mattingly said X-Rays were negative on Hanley’s ribs
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) October 12, 2013
With Game 3 scheduled to be played on Monday, hopefully the rest tomorrow will allow Hanley to get more treatment and back onto the field as the Dodgers will need him if they want to stay out of an 0-3 hole.
Without Ramirez in Game 2, the Dodgers continued to leave men on base as they squandered a chance in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and one out. Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig and Juan Uribe went a combined 0-11 with nine strikeouts as the Dodgers will now face Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright in Game 3.
Until the Dodgers offense wakes up the pitching can only carry them so far and getting back Ramirez on Monday is one way to get back into the series.
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