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

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 28, 2014

Sep 9, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez reacts against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Updates from Sunday, Sept. 28

The Los Angeles Dodgers confirmed that Hanley Ramirez will miss Sunday, regular season finale:

Original Text

In what is their penultimate game of the 2014 regular season, the Los Angeles Dodgers entertained the worst-case scenario for a short time after Hanley Ramirez exited Saturday night's game against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning.

Ramirez looked to have injured his leg after fouling the ball off his left kneecap. While he finished the at-bat, manager Don Mattingly replaced him with Miguel Rojas, per Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register:

Entering the night, the three-time All-Star boasted a slash line of .283/.369/.449 with 13 home runs, 71 runs batted in and 14 stolen bases. According to Baseball-Reference.com, his 3.5 WAR was fourth on the team.

Having come to within two games of the World Series, the Dodgers only have eyes for the franchise's seventh title.

While Ramirez isn't the most important offensive team, Los Angeles doesn't have a wealth of run-producers offensively. It can ill afford to lose the shortstop now.

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