Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez took a heavy blow to his left hand from a Ryan Vogelsong pitch but X-rays showed no fracture.
The news will be of some comfort to Ramirez who has been cleared to play today against the San Francisco Giants in the third game in the series.
But if the shortstop does play he will have to nurse his left hand carefully whilst fielding and batting to avoid aggravating the injury further.
Speaking to MLB.com, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said: "We'll see where he is tomorrow or the next day. I'm sure it will be a little sore. He can play once he's able to squeeze a bat."
The Dodgers fell to a 2-1 defeat at the Giants when Ramirez sustained his injury at the top of the seventh innings. When Ramirez got injured the game was tied at 1-1 and the shortstop was hit by a 90mph fastball on a 3-2 pitch.
The 31-year-old, who signed for the Dodgers during the 2012 season from the Miami Marlins, wanted to stay in the game but was told my medical staff he could play no further part to avoid injury.
Ramirez said: “X-rays were negative and if I’m good tomorrow, I’ll be in there. Now I’ll have to see how I feel Thursday morning and I’ll get here [AT&T Park] early for treatment and if I can go, I’ll do everything I can to be in there.”
Justin Turner replaced Ramirez after the shortstop complained of swelling.
Ramirez has a poor record at the AT&T Park after suffering a torn thumb ligament last year. The 31-year-old has also suffered from back pain and fractured ribs over the past 12 months. But the Dodgers star player has had a clean bill of health this season and has played in all 15 games.
Speaking to MLB.com, Ramirez said: “Everyone knows what I went through last year. When you get hit on the hand it’s easy to get damaged so I was wondering. I was just praying right away it wasn’t. Thank God it’s good.”
It was too early to say whether the shortstop will be available for the third game today but manager Don Mattingly will be thankful his star player has avoided a more serve injury.
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