Oct 10, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (13) fields a ground ball during practice at Busch Stadium. Los Angeles will face off against the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Hanley Ramirez scratched from Dodgers' NLCS Game 2 lineup

The Los Angeles Dodgers had already lost one starting player from their Game 2 lineup, now they’re without a second.

Earlier today, the Dodgers announced that Andre Ethier, who returned from a month long absence to play in Game 1 would not start Game 2 as he reportedly was dealing with a ‘bit’ of soreness. Soreness is also what shortstop Hanley Ramirez is feeling this afternoon, which has resulted in the Dodgers scratching Ham-Ram from the lineup.

Ramirez was originally slated to start and was announced as part of the Game 2 lineup a few hours ago, though manager Don Mattingly said he would be a game-time decision and after going through workouts, Ramirez’s sore rib cage was too painful for him to play.

Per the Dodgers’ Twitter:

Hanley Ramirez was removed from the lineup with bruised ribs. #Dodgers

Nick Punto will take over Ramirez’s place in the lineup and start at shortstop.

There is no word if Ramirez will be able to pinch hit or provide pinch running duties. Ethier on the other hand will be available in a non-starting capacity if needed.

Tags: 2013 MLB Playoffs Hanley Ramirez Los Angeles Dodgers St. Louis Cardinals

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