The Dodgers are already without a gimpy Andre Ethier on Saturday afternoon, and now will be without their best player in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cardinals. Hanley Ramirez has been scratched with bruised ribs, a result of being hit by a pitch in the third inning of Game 1.
Nick Punto is the new starting shortstop for the Dodgers, batting eighth.
Manager Don Mattingly originally had Ramirez in his starting lineup, but a few hours before game time said his shortstop would be a game-time decision.
"Hanley's sore today," Mattingly said. "He got it pretty good in ribs. He's a little iffy for me today."
During the television and radio broadcasts, it was reported that Ramirez tried to swing a bat but couldn't and left the stadium to take X-rays of his ribs. After the game, manager Don Mattingly said the X-rays were negative.
Ramirez in five games this postseason, his first career taste of the playoffs, is hitting .444/.583/.944 (8-for-18) with four doubles, a triple, a home run, five walks, six RBI and six runs scored.
Time: 1:07 p.m.