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Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez departs after HBP

By on 3/07/2014 01:00:00 PM

According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Hanley Ramirez left Thursday’s Cactus League game early after being hit by a pitch in the elbow/forearm area.

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Plunkett says the pitch was an off-speed pitch and the Dodgers hope it remains insignificant. 

Ramirez missed time last year due a torn ligament in his thumb from the World Baseball Classic and later strained his left hamstring, which sidelined him for weeks. Later in the year he jammed his shoulder and then cracked a few ribs, but only the shoulder caused him to miss an extended amount of time. 

In 2013 he ended up playing just 86 games, but still hit 20 home runs while accumulating 57 RBI. He batted over .345 with a .402 OBP combined with a 5.4 WAR (Wins Above Replacement). If it wasn’t for the injuries, Ramirez could’ve competed for the National League's Most Valuable Player of the Year award.

Ramirez, 30, hopes to stay healthy for the 2014 season and will most likely take a day or two in order to confirm that there isn’t more of a problem with his elbow/forearm.  

2014 is his free agent year and he would like to ink a big contract that would take him close or past 40 years old based on recent contracts given to Robinson Cano and Albert Pujols.

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