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

BREAKING: Los Angeles Dodgers Hanley Ramirez Leaves Game for X-RAYS

The Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was scratched from the NLCS Game 2 start against the St. Louis Cardinals. If losing Game 1 in 13 innings was bad, losing the best performing hitter in the lineup, and linchpin on defense is worse.

Ramirez is out with a bruised rib that he suffered in is first at bat of Game 1. Ramirez initially didn’t get X-Rays, but the combination of Ramirez, Don Mattingly, and the training staff decided not to have him go. Ramirez joins Andre Ethier who also is out after the short turnaround before Game 2.

But Vin Scully announced that Ramirez left the ballpark after he tried swinging a bat. It apparently was painful enough they needed results, and he is not healthy enough to appear in a pinch hit role.

Nick Punto will get the start at shortstop for Hanley, and Skip Shumaker will be playing centerfield against his old team of 8 seasons.

Don Mattingly’s decision to pinch run for Adrian Gonzalez is the most scrutinized part of this series to this point. It resulted in taking the bat out of Hanley’s hand too when he was intentionally walked twice. But if Hanley was not all the way there after getting hit in the ribs, maybe giving Michael Young the chance could have been the better percentage play. But we know the results now.

Neither Hanley nor Ethier could handle the short turnaround, but after a day off Sunday before Game 3, they both could be ready to go on Monday in LA.

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