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MLB Injury News:
The Los Angeles Dodgers pulled Hanley Ramirez out of last night's game with what they are describing as a mild hamstring strain. The clubs made the move almost entirely as a precautionary measure. Ramirez seemed to be fine after the game, but he did not talk with reporters about the injury.
Austin Laymance of MLB.com says Ramirez was able to walk quickly through the clubhouse after the game, but he seemed angry. Laymance said it was not clear if Ramirez was frustrated about the injury or upset that he had been taken out of the game. Either is possible. After all, it is the same hamstring that landed Ramirez on the DL earlier in the season.
"I think he's OK," manager Don Mattingly said. "He's been tight during games. He always says he's fine, but the way he went down the line, I just couldn't take the risk. He wanted to stay in the game, said he was fine and he knew what he was doing. But we got to the point I just couldn't take a chance."
Ramirez has been a catalyst for the Dodgers' success this season, so anytime he has to leave with an apparent injury, it's concerning. In this case, Mattingly may have just been overly cautious. Perhaps that frustrated Ramirez, but it's better than exacerbating the injury and keeping him out during the postseason.
The 29-year old Ramirez is hitting .342/.390/.634 in 79 games this season. The Dodgers absolutely want that level of production heading into the playoffs. With a healthy Ramirez, a healthy Yasiel Puig, and with Matt Kemp back, the Dodgers will be a real threat for the World Series.
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