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Ailing back forces Ramirez to bench

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Hanley Ramirez didn't play Monday because of lower back stiffness that he described as "the worst pain I've felt in my life, in my career."

Ramirez said he's worried because there was also a tingling sensation in his upper left leg. If his condition doesn't improve, he'll have an MRI.

He left Sunday's game after one at-bat. Following the game, he said he stood on the whole flight from Los Angeles to Phoenix.

Ramirez, who's batting .210, said the back has bothered him for about a month, but he didn't tell the team until Sunday.

"I feel it doing anything. I can't even put my shoes on. To get up from bed I have to take 10, 15 seconds. I have to do everything slow," the three-time All Star said.

Ramirez's absence leaves the Marlins' already short bench that much shorter. The team has gone with nine relief pitchers since May 21 when starting pitcher Josh Johnson was placed on the disabled list.

Without Ramirez, the Marlins on Monday had three bench players: Scott Cousins, Wes Helms and Brett Hayes.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez used starting pitcher Javier Vazquez as a pinch hitter.

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