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Hanley Ramirez exits game early with thumb injury

The Los Angeles Dodgers are still waiting for their offense to truly break out in 2014. They might be forced to wait a bit longer if they are without shortstop Hanley Ramirez for any extended period of time.

Ramirez was forced to leave Saturday’s game against the Colorado Rockies with a right thumb injury. Per Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times:

Nothing immediately seemed unusual when Ramirez grounded out in the bottom of the third. But when he returned to the dugout he was shaking his right hand and quickly examined by trainer Stan Conte.

Ramirez tried gripping a bat and a ball while on the bench and appeared to try to go back into the game to start the fourth, but was held back by Conte.

The Dodgers called it a bruised right thumb, said X-rays were negative and listed him as day-to-day.”

What is troublesome about this injury for the Dodgers is the possibility that Ramirez re-injured it, as this is the same thumb that was hurt and forced him to miss extended time at the beginning of the 2013 season. The team will hope that this is nothing more than a bruise and that Ramirez won’t miss anything more than a game or two at the most.

Ramirez is batting .272/.356/.489 in 24 games so far this season.

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