Hanley Ramirez Injury: Updates on Dodgers Star's Finger and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2014

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Updates from Wednesday, June 18

The Dodgers confirmed that Hanley Ramirez will return to the lineup tonight:

But later in the evening manager Don Mattingly may have changed his mind according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:

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The Los Angeles Dodgers got some unfortunate news during Tuesday night's game against the Colorado Rockies. Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times filled fans in on the details:

The Dodgers made things official after the game:

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times added a bit more detail:

If there is a silver lining to this, as Dilbeck mentioned, at least it wasn’t the same thumb that has hampered Hanley Ramirez in the past. Reaggravating past injuries is always a recipe for long-term concern, but that doesn’t make this newest injury much less worrisome.

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Ramirez is a critical cog in the middle of that Los Angeles lineup, and losing him for an extended period of time could spell trouble. The Dodgers are currently looking up at the archrival San Francisco Giants in the National League West standings, so they need to be at full strength going forward if they want to win this division.

Ramirez was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored before being pulled from the lineup Tuesday. He is hitting .260 on the season with 11 home runs, 42 RBI and nine stolen bases.

Check back for updates as they develop.