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Early errors, injury frustrate Ramirez

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Shortstop Hanley Ramirez was carried off the field Friday night after injuring his left leg in a collision with Houston's Bill Hall, who was trying to break up a double play.

But the injury wasn't as bad as initially feared: He was diagnosed with a contusion and is listed as day-to-day. X-rays were not needed, and Ramirez was holding out hope he could return to action on Saturday.

Before the game, Ramirez expressed frustration over making three errors in the team's first six games.

"What can I do? I'm trying. I'm just going to work at it," said Ramirez, who led the team with seven errors in spring training.

Last year, Ramirez made his third error in the Marlins' 15th game. He finished the year with 16 errors, the second-lowest total of his career.

Marlins infield coach Perry Hill says it's a safe bet that Ramirez won't make three errors a week for the rest of the year.

"Sometimes the adrenaline of the game kicks in, but that's one of our goals -- to try to just slow down," said Hill.

That's what Ramirez did Thursday night when he dived to stop Wilson Ramos' grounder, only to make an errant throw that eventually led to an unearned run in a game Washington won 5-3.

"Occasionally he would drop his arm and throw from a different angle. We're working on that," Hill said.

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