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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Dodgers Injury Update: Hanley Ramirez heading for MRI on side after early exit

By on 8/09/2014 07:15:00 AM

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez left another game early on Friday night when he made it through just the top of the first before leaving the game with tightness in his right side.'s Ken Gurnick reports that Ramirez felt the problem when he was taking swings pre-game and told trainers about it, but it was agreed that he would try to play and see how it felt. Ramirez told Gurnick that it instantly felt wrong:

"One swing, and it tied up on me," said Ramirez. "I tried to play. [Manager Don Mattingly] wanted to be careful and took me out of the game to get treatment. What he did, I think, was smart. He doesn't want me to get worse."
Ramirez is set to have an MRI on Saturday to determine the extent of the injury. Gurnick notes that Miguel Rojas stepped in at shortstop, later to be replaced by Justin Turner in the seventh, and that the Dodgers also have three more potential shortstops in Erisbel Arruebarena, Darwin Barney and Carlos Triunfel in the minors.

While it might seem like Ramirez has spent a lot of this year dealing with injuries, he actually has not been on the disabled list and has already passed the total number of games he played in last year, when he appeared in just 86. Hanley's ailments this year have included finger, shoulder and calf problems, and there was a stretch before the All-Star break when the Dodgers were deliberately not playing him too often just to get him through to the break without making anything worse.

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