For much of this season, Hanley Ramirez has not been the same driving force at the plate as he was in 2013. Various injuries cost or limited Ramirez in games here and there before an oblique strain forced him to the 15-day disabled list.
While such an injury can take upwards of one month to heal, Ramirez was reinstated from the DL on the first day he was eligible. Friday marked his fourth game back since coming off the DL and Ramirez entered the series opener against the San Diego Padres with one hit in 12 at-bats.
Ramirez got off to a hot start Friday as he hit an RBI double to tie the game in his second at-bat and followed it with a single to center in the sixth. However on the base hit, Ramirez slipped as he made his turn around first base and injured his left leg.
The shortstop managed to stay in the game, but was noticeably limping. With the Dodgers trailing by one run in the eighth inning, Ramirez hit a towering solo home run to the second deck of the Western Metal Supply Co. building. Ramirez was then removed from the game in the bottom of the eighth.
The home run was Ramirez’s 13th of the season and first since Aug. 2. The game went into extra innings with the Dodgers coming up short in the 12th.
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