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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dodgers Injury Update: Hanley Ramirez, Yasiel Puig, Josh Beckett

By on 7/22/2014 09:30:00 AM

Three key players on the Los Angeles Dodgers squad are dealing with injury: Josh Beckett, Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez. The results of the follow up X-rays on Ramirez and Puig were negative and they are both still "sore." Beckett is expected to make his return from the disabled list and start on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday as reported by Timothy Downs from This is great news for the Dodgers because they are tied for first in the National League West and are looking to claim first over the San Francisco Giants.

Josh Beckett
Beckett has been dealing with a torn labrum and two cysts in one of his hips. He has recovered from his injury and will start on Tuesday against the Pirates. Beckett believes he will be fine, the injections are helping but we do not know how long that can last until it becomes overwhelming. Beckett has been great this season and may be the front runner for National League Comeback Player of the Year award as long as he finishes the season healthy. For now, the Dodgers will monitor Beckett very closely.

Yasiel Puig
The X-rays came back negative, which is good news for the Dodgers. Puig was hit in the left had with a Joe Kelly curve ball on Saturday. He was held out of the lineup on Monday and replaced by Matt Kemp who made his first start in right field since 2009. The All-Star has been solid this year and may be able to pinch hit on Tuesday according to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles.

Hanley Ramirez 
Ramirez was forced to leave Sunday's game after he was hit in the wrist by a Trevor Rosenthal fastball. His X-ray came back negative, which is more good news for the Dodgers. He was also held out of the game on Monday against the Pirates. Justin Turner started in his place at shortstop. Ramirez will not be able to pinch hit tonight.

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