Hanley Ramirez hit by pitch on left hand, leaves game

Thearon W. Henderson

The Dodgers shortstop was injured in San Francisco for the third time in the last 13 months. X-rays on his hand were negative.

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez left Wednesday night's game after getting hit on the left hand by a pitch from Ryan Vogelsong of the Giants.

Ramirez was hit in the hand leading off the bottom of the seventh, and immediately crouched in pain and dropped the bat. Ramirez then slammed his batting helmet down on the ground with his right hand.


GIF per Chad Moriyama

After a few minutes with head trainer Stan Conte, Ramirez left the game and was taken back to the clubhouse for further examination. X-rays on Ramirez's hand were negative, the Dodgers announced.

Earlier Vin Scully on the SportsNet LA broadcast said, "The Dodgers can hope that the complicated bone structure in the hand is unaltered."

It was shades of the 2013 NLCS, when Ramirez was hit in the ribs by Joe Kelly of the Cardinals in Game 1. Ramirez broke two ribs and was basically a non-factor the rest of the series. After hitting .500 (8-for-16) with six extra-base hits in the NLDS against Atlanta, an injured Ramirez was 2-for-15 (.133) with three walks in the NLCS.

Ramirez was 0-for-2 before getting hit by the pitch, and is hitting .281/.379/.509 so far this season. He had played in every inning of the Dodgers' first 14 games of the season.

Ramirez had a magnificent 2013 season, hitting .345/.402/.638 with 20 home runs, but was limited to 86 games by various injuries. Two of the injuries last year came at AT&T Park in San Francisco, first dislocating his thumb during the World Baseball Classic in March, then straining his left hamstring in May.

Justin Turner pinch ran for Ramirez in the top of the seventh and remained in the game at shortstop in the bottom of the inning.

After the game, Ramirez said he hopes to play on Thursday afternoon.

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