Dodgers Mattingly: X-rays negative for Ramirez -

Dodgers Mattingly: X-rays negative for Ramirez

(BaseballStL) -- Shortly before Game 2, the Dodgers scratched Hanley Ramirez from the lineup because of complications with bruised ribs he suffered in the first inning of Game 1 Friday.

Ramirez, who entered with .444 average (8-for-18) in five games this postseason, was struck by a 95-mph fastball thrown by Joe Kelly in the opening frame of St. Louis’ 3-2 13-inning victory in Game 1.

During Saturday’s Game 1, Ramirez was sent for X-rays which came back negative, according to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.

“I'm assuming, which I probably shouldn't do, but if it's negative, it's going to be if he can move and be able to swing the bat, then he'd be able to play,” Mattingly said. “So I don't know where that's going to go.”

The announcement of Ramirez’s inactive status an hour before Game 2 was the first sign of how severe the injury may be, but Mattingly’s choice to have Andre Ethier pinch hit down by a run in the ninth inning may be even more telling.

“It doesn't make us better, that's for sure,” Mattingly said of the absence of Ramirez. “I've talked about this guy so much, I feel like he's one of the best players in the game. We go from not only losing Hanley, but we really don't have (Ethier) today either.

“So our lineup changes when you take a couple guys out. It leaves Adrian (Gonzalez) vulnerable that they're not going to pitch to him. Obviously, we're not going to be as good without him as we are with him.”

Gonzalez, who is 1-for-5 with five walks through the first two games of the NLCS, was intentionally walked with one out in the sixth inning and runners on second and third base.

Scott Bierman covers the Cardinals for and the BaseballStL mobile app. You can follow him on Twitter @Scott_Bierman for St. Louis sports news and updates.

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