Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez appeared to hurt his right shoulder as he went into the stands making a catch in the seventh inning on Sunday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Ramirez, the Dodgers' best hitter this season and in many ways the key cog in their ascent to the top of the National League West, left the game immediately.
The Dodgers announced after the game that Ramirez has a jammed right shoulder and that he'd be evaluated again on Monday.
Ramirez ranged to the Cubs' bullpen, down the left field line at Wrigley Field, to catch a foul pop up by David DeJesus. After Ramirez caught the ball his momentum took him into the stands, where he tumbled over the wall.
Ramirez was holding his right shoulder as he walked off the field with trainers and manager Don Mattingly. Nick Punto replaced Ramirez at shortstop.
It has been a great season for Ramirez, when healthy. He has hit .361/.411/.644 with 11 home runs and 37 RBI in 54 games. But he has also had two long stints on the disabled list. He missed the first 24 games of the season after March thumb surgery, then missed another 28 games in May with a right hamstring strain.
This is not the same shoulder Ramirez had surgery on while with the Marlins. He had season-ending arhtroscopic surgery in 2011 on his left shoulder.
The Dodgers are 32-14 when Ramirez starts this season.