Updates from Friday, July 25
Alanna Rizzo of Dodgers.com has the latest on Ramirez:
Puig and Ramirez both back in starting line-up. pic.twitter.com/4MwRahIKBP— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) July 25, 2014
Updates from Thursday, July 24
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:
No Puig and no Ramirez again.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) July 23, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, July 22
Hanley Ramirez remains out of the Dodgers' lineup, according to MLB Lineups:
7/22 @Dodgers lineup vs PIT Gordon 2B Turner SS Gonzalez 1B Kemp RF Ethier CF Crawford LF Uribe 3B Ellis C Beckett P— MLBLineups (@mlblineups) July 22, 2014
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com provides an update on Ramirez's status:
Mattingly said no DL considered for Ramirez or Puig.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) July 22, 2014
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:
Follow up X-rays on two left hands -- Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig -- were negative. #Dodgers— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 21, 2014
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times confirmed Hanley Ramirez's status for tonight's game:
#Dodgers lineup: Gordon 4, Turner 6, Gonzalez 3, Kemp 9, Ethier 8, Crawford 7, Uribe 5, Ellis 2, Ryu 1.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) July 21, 2014
Hanley is unavailable today; Puig might be available to punch hit. Both will undergo x-ray exams today. Machine in St. Louis was primitive.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) July 21, 2014
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.
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:
Hanley Ramirez will exit the game after being hit by a pitch on the hand. #Dodgers— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 21, 2014
The Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez notes that X-rays yielded encouraging results:
Hanley's x-rays were negative.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) July 21, 2014
Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times provided his take on Ramirez's misfortune:
Hard to believe, Hanley hit again, on left hand, looks serious, he's out of game in 9th, can't believe Rosenthal did it intentionally..— Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) July 21, 2014
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.