Aug 7, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (13) singles in two runs in the third inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Hanley Ramirez injury is in oblique area, according to manager Don Mattingly

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Hanley Ramirez left last night’s game with tightness in his left side. Today before the game, Manager Don Mattingly said that his injury is in the oblique area.

That is not good news for Dodger fans.  Oblique injuries usually take 4-6 weeks to heal properly, meaning that Ramirez will be out until at least Labor Day, if not longer.

Ramirez said that his side tightened up while taking swings in the batting cage yesterday before the game, but he thought he could play through it.

Hanley is hitting .277 with 12 homers, 58 RBI, and 12 steals on the season.  That would leave a pretty big hole in the Dodger lineup pushing towards a playoff berth.

They have elected to go with Miguel Rojas at short in Ramirez’s absence over the last two games.  However, if he does have an oblique injury, they may look to add a piece sometime soon.

It is highly unlikely that the Dodgers would call up uber-prospect Corey Seager before September 1st, but if there were any chance of that happening. this would have to be the catalyst.

The Dodgers are currently 3.5 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the National League West division.  Can they hold off the Giants without one of their star players?

 

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