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No Hanley Ramirez for Dodgers in NLCS Game 2

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Hanley Ramirez is a late scratch for the Dodgers in Game 2. (USATSI)
Hanley Ramirez is a late scratch for the Dodgers in Game 2. (USATSI)

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Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is a late scratch for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cardinals because of bruised ribs. Ramirez, of course, took a Joe Kelly fastball off the ribcage in the first inning of Friday's Game 1 (here's the play in question). He'll be replaced by Nick Punto who'll be batting eighth.

When healthy, Ramirez has been the Dodgers' best hitter in 2013, as he's authored a batting line of .345/.402/.638 and put up a stellar OPS of 1.528 thus far in the postseason. However, injuries limited him to just 86 games played during the regular season.

Punto, meanwhile, batted .255/.328/.327 this year. It's one game and of course anything can happen over the span of nine innings, but this certainly figures to be a blow for the Dodgers, who are all but in must-win mode after the 13-inning loss in Game 1.

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