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Oct 11, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (13) reacts after striking out against the St. Louis Cardinals during the 7th inning in game one of the National League Championship Series baseball game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers say Hanley Ramirez to play in NLCS Game 6 only if he can contribute

While it’s looking likely that outfielder Andre Ethier will play in Game 6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals, the same can’t be said for shortstop Hanley Ramirez.

Ramirez, who was struck in the ribs by a fastball in Game 1 has left a handful of games in the series early and despite a couple timely hits/sacrifices, he’s clearly a shell of his former self going 0-6 in Game 4 and Game 5 combined.

Now, according to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, Ramirez will only play if he can make a contribution:

“If he says, ‘Oh, I’ll go out there, but I don’t feel like I can do anything,’ then we’re going to have to make a decision,” Mattingly said on a conference call with reporters. “He’s got to be able to feel like he can do something.”

Given the alternative for the Dodgers, which would be Nick Punto, it’s pretty doubtful Ramirez would sit unless he truly is in too much pain to be productive.

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