In a handful of hours, the Los Angeles Dodgers will host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the 2013 NLCS. They hope to do so with shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the lineup, who missed Game 2 thanks to sore ribs.
Ramirez suffered the injury in Game 1 when he was hit by a pitch thrown by Cardinals starter Joe Kelly and suggested that may have suffered a cracked rib in the process.
The Dodgers planned to have Ramirez undergo testing when the team returned to Los Angeles this weekend, though, they have not released those results:
#Dodgers aren’t sharing results of Ramirez’s CT scan. But, as Ramirez said, if he can bear the pain, he will play even if rib cracked.
While I understand Ramirez’s desire to play, if he does indeed have a cracked rib, playing isn’t certainly the most safe thing to do so it’s a bit shocking the Dodgers would allow him on the field, despite the importance of the game.
Hopefully the injury isn’t anything serious and it’s just a matter of pain tolerance for Ramirez.