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Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez injures leg, hopes to avoid disabled list

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are a first place team with the goods to win the World Series in 2014. For their rise to the top and all their success the last few seasons, they still have plenty of questions to answer.

Chief among those issues is the health of shortstop Hanley Ramirez. He has spent much of the season on the disabled list with a variety of issues, and he has injured his leg once again on Friday night.

Ramirez is hoping to avoid the disabled list this time around, but as Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports, it did not look good at first glance and there is plenty of uncertainty.

Ramirez was able to limp around the bases for his eighth-inning home run, but couldn’t do any more. Miguel Rojas replaced him at shortstop in the bottom of the eighth inning.

“When I first went out there, he was talking about his quad,” Mattingly said. “Then, it seemed like it kind of went up the leg, more in the groin, side of the leg.”

That sounds ominous, doesn’t it? Mattingly’s injury explanations tend to be creative anyway, but it is hard to read Mattingly’s comments and think Ramirez won’t at least miss some time.

The Dodgers have gotten by without Ramirez so far this season, and their infield defense is arguably better without him. That said, right-handed power like Ramirez offers is hard to find, so the Dodgers will keep their fingers crossed that this injury is nothing serious.

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