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MLB Playoffs 2013

October 20, 2013 by  

MLB Playoffs 2013, The Los Angeles Dodgers expect to have ailing shortstop Hanley Ramirez in their Game 6 lineup Friday night at Busch Stadium, but they will be watching him closely for signs that his fractured rib is preventing him from swinging the bat effectively.

“I think he’ll try to play,” Manager Don Mattingly said of Ramirez, who suffered a hairline fracture of his rib after being drilled by a Joe Kelly fastball in Game 1. “We don’t feel like he’s getting any worse. . . . But I do feel like it’s not going to fully heal as long as he’s swinging the bat.”

Ramirez, the Dodgers’ best hitter when healthy — and he played in only 86 games this season while dealing with various ailments — is just 2 for 12 with no extra-base hits and one RBI in the series. He sat out Game 4 because of soreness and has been removed in the late innings at other times.

“Even though he hasn’t gotten any hits, [in Wednesday’s Game 5] I thought he had a couple of swings that looked more like himself,” Mattingly said. “Obviously, not 100 percent like himself but better. He’s just going to have to be honest with us. I don’t need a hero from the standpoint that ‘I can go out there, but I know I’m not going to be able to do anything.’ We won’t play him like that.”

Mattingly said he also expects center fielder Andre Ethier to play in Game 6. Ethier has been slowed by a sore ankle and like Ramirez was held out of Game 2.

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