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

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJuly 21, 2014

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 19: Hanley Ramirez #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits an RBI single in the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on July 19, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Updates from Friday, July 25

Alanna Rizzo of Dodgers.com has the latest on Ramirez:

Updates from Thursday, July 24

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reported on Hanley Ramirez's recovery after injuring his hand on Sunday night:

Mattingly said he was more optimistic Puig could return to the lineup on Friday than he was for shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who missed his third start since being hit on the left hand by a pitch fromTrevor Rosenthal.

Ramirez was limited to indoor work on Wednesday. Mattingly said he wouldn't rule out Ramirez returning Friday night, but it was hard to be optimistic if he still wasn't taking batting practice on Wednesday.

Mattingly said he still didn't expect either player to be placed on the disabled list.

Updates from Wednesday, July 23

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times confirmed Hanley Ramirez's absence from Wednesday night's game:

Updates from Tuesday, July 22

Hanley Ramirez remains out of the Dodgers' lineup, according to MLB Lineups:

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com provides an update on Ramirez's status:

Updates from Monday, July 21

The results of are in on Hanley Ramirez's second x-ray reports Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register:

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times confirmed Hanley Ramirez's status for tonight's game:

Plunkett previously reported on Ramirez's potential return to the Dodgers' lineup: 

Ramirez, meanwhile, left Sunday’s game in the ninth inning after getting hit for the second time. A similar preliminary exam was “negative,” according to Mattingly. Ramirez dismissed the idea of a follow-up exam Monday and said he expected to be in the lineup Monday against the Pirates.

'We’ll see,' Mattingly said.


Original Text

Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star Hanley Ramirez suffered yet another injury Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ramirez was hit by a pitch on his right hand, forcing him to leave the game at Busch Stadium.

The Dodgers' official Twitter account reported the news:

The Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez notes that X-rays yielded encouraging results:

Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times provided his take on Ramirez's misfortune:

Back in April, Ramirez was hit on the left hand and forced out of the lineup for a period of time. He also missed time in June with an ailing right shoulder. There is no doubting Ramirez's immense talent and impact when he's on the field, but he has been quite dinged up.

Then a calf injury beset Ramirez more recently, and he's been monitored on a day-to-day basis since.

"I haven't gone on the DL yet (this season), knock on wood," said Ramirez, per ESPNLosAngeles.com's Brian W. New. "I went on it twice last year, so -- I'm one of those guys who believes everything happens for a reason."

The career .300 hitter is batting .273 this season, and Ramirez will have to step up for the Dodgers to ultimately overtake the San Francisco Giants atop the National League West division. It's proving to be a tight race between those two clubs, which will go a long way in shaping the playoff picture.

Ramirez can be a bit erratic in the infield, but at the dish, when healthy, he is dangerous and talented as anyone in the league. L.A. is at the point in the season where it's tough to sit Ramirez for too long considering how close the NL West race is.

And Ramirez has to be feeling the same dilemma, wanting to contribute to the cause but also needing to keep his health for the rest of the season, a potential playoff run and the coming years. It will be interesting to see how manager Don Mattingly opts to handle the difficult situation.


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