Hanley Ramirez leaves game with bruised right thumb

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Ramirez was 1-for-2 with a double and a run batted in before leaving after three innings.

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez left Saturday night's game against the Rockies with a bruised right thumb. X-rays were negative, and Ramirez is day-to-day.

Ramirez grounded out in the bottom of the third inning to drive in the Dodgers' first run of the game, but came back to the dugout shaking his right hand. As the inning progressed, Ramirez was checked out by trainer Stan Conte, and the shortstop tried several times to grip a ball and a bat.

Ramirez had surgery in March 2013 to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, suffered during the World Baseball Classic. He missed 24 games to start last season with the injury.

Manager Don Mattingly said after the game Ramirez had a contusion on his thumb, caused by hitting the knob of the bat. Ramirez was already scheduled to get an off day on Sunday.

"He's off tomorrow. We talked about it. Five days ago he knew he was going to be off Sunday," Mattingly said. "He knew he was going to get tomorrow off, and coupled with the off day Monday and the night game Tuesday it's almost like three days off."

On the season Ramirez is hitting .272/.356/.489 and leads MLB with 11 doubles, including one on the first inning Saturday. Over his last five games he is 8-for-20 (.400) with four doubles and a home run. This followed a 2-for-22 slump, including 2-for-20 after getting hit by a pitch on his left hand on April 16 in San Francisco.

Before the game Mattingly talked about how Ramirez's relative early season struggles didn't worry him.

"We talked about Hanley not hitting. Hanley's not worried," Mattingly said. "He knows he's going to get hits."

Ramirez was limited to 86 games in 2013 with various injuries. Since the start of 2013 the Dodgers are 63-37 when he starts, and 42-44 when he doesn't.

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