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Hanley Ramirez to Start in Game 3 of NLCS?
"To be, or not to be," asked Hamlet. "To play, or not to play," Dodger fans ask Hanley Ramirez.
Hanley Ramirez was hit by a pitch in the ribs in the first inning of Game 1 of the NL Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. He played all 13 innings of the game however could not play in Saturday in Game 2. X-rays taken Saturday were negative, but he received a CT scan that revealed he has a fractured eighth rib according to manager Don Mattingly.
While it sounds that he could miss yet another game, the Dodgers took to Twitter showing Ramirez taking grounders at shortstop during batting practice.
The Dodgers host Game 3 of the NLCS tonight with first pitch at 5:07 p.m. They trail the best-of-seven game series two games to none and look to Ryu Hyun-Jin to go against Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
Ramirez told reporters after batting practice that he would be starting for the Dodgers according to all of them on Twitter.
Not looking optimistic is centerfielder Andre Ethier. Ethier has been suffering from shin splints since Sept. 13 and have only made one start since — Game 1 of the NLCS. From Dodgers.com Ken Gurnick:
Erhier shagged briefly but looked tentative trying to stop.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) October 14, 2013
Scoring has been a premium in this series. The Cardinals won Game 1 3-2 in 13 innings and Game 2 1-0 in a tight pitchers' duel. Any bat will be welcome relief for the Dodgers.