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Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has rib fracture, status questionable

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The news is not good on Dodgers' masher Hanley Ramirez. (USATSI)
The news is not good on Dodgers masher Hanley Ramirez. (USATSI)

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LOS ANGELES -- Consider Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez highly questionable for the time being. Ramirez, of course, was plunked in the ribs in Game 1 of the NLCS between the Dodgers and Cardinals and wasn't able to play in Game 2. Initial x-rays showed no fracture, but a subsequent CT scan indeed revealed a hairline break.

During his presser before Monday's Game 3 at Dodger Stadium, LA manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez isn't ruled out and that his injury is not such that it would be worsened by playing. However, his ability to swing a bat is uncertain at this writing, and his status -- along with the status of oufielder Andre Ethier (ankle) -- won't be determined for Game 3 until each attempts to take batting practice later on Monday.

When healthy, Ramirez has been the Dodgers' best hitter in 2013, as he authored a regular-season batting line of .345/.402/.638 and has put up an OPS of 1.528 thus far in the postseason. If he's unable to go in Game 3, he'll likely be replaced by Nick Punto, as was the case in Game 2 in St. Louis.

Mattingly went on to say that he doesn't think the plunking of Ramirez was intentional and doesn't anticipate any retaliation.
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