Hanley Ramirez has broken rib, will try to play NLCS Game 3

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Both Ramirez and Andre Ethier will be game-time decisions on whether or not they'll play in Game 3.

LOS ANGELES -- The results of the CT scan of Hanley Ramirez's bruised ribs are in, and the news is not good for the Dodgers. Their shortstop has a hairline fracture in his eighth left rib and will be a game-time against the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLCS on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

Andre Ethier is also a game-time decision with an injured ankle.

Manager Don Mattingly said the medical staff said Ramirez can't injure himself further by playing, and Ramirez will try to swing during batting practice.

"It's something that's painful for Hanley," Mattingly said. "It's not dangerous if he tried to play, it's just a matter if he can swing the bat or not.

"You can say 'You should play through it' or whatever, but it's a lot easier said than done. ... It's just a different thing when you get our there and swing a bat, and if it's grabbing you everytime you swing it you're just not going to be effective. He's going to have to do be able to do some things for him to play."

Ramirez was hit in the ribs by a fastball from Joe Kelly in the first inning of Game 1 of the NLCS on Friday in St. Louis. X-rays were negative on Saturday after he was a late scratch from the lineup.

In 91 games this season, including the playoffs, Ramirez hit .351/.414/.655 with 29 doubles and 21 home runs. The Dodgers' other shortstops have hit .208/.280/.280 with four home runs in 361 plate appearances.

Ethier was out of the lineup in Game 2 as well after returning to field for the first time in nearly a month in Game 1. He is 1-for-9 with two walks so far in the playoffs, including 0-for-4 with a walk in five pinch hitting appearances.

"I think we're past the process of testing. The only thing that's going to make it feel better is rest, and we're not in a position where we can rest it," Ethier said on Sunday. "It feels good enough where we can push forward and try to play."

Ethier is 10-for-33 (.303) with three home runs, three doubles and three walks in his career against Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright.

Game 3 info

Time: 5:07 p.m.

TV: TBS

MLB Gameday

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