Maybe it's just kharmic balance for the Kershaw injury, but the Los Angeles Dodgers received good news today when the x-rays on the left hand of Hanley Ramirez revealed no breaks. Ramirez was struck on the hand by a pitch in yesterday's game against the San Francisco Giants. He exited the game with a contusion and swelling, and was taken back to the Dodgers clubhouse for further evaluation.
Ramirez has been a vital part of the Dodgers offense so far this season, hitting .281/.379/.509 through 66 plate appearance with the team this year.
Had the injury been more serious, Ramirez's likely back-up was Dee Gordon shifting over from his current position of second, with the Dodgers making a corresponding roster move to fill the position at second. Though Chone Figgins is currently on the roster as the backup middle infielder, he should not be considered a long-term solution in the middle of the infield. Gordon has performed well above expectations at the keystone so far this year, hitting .404/.453/.553 across 53 plate appearances.
Alanna Rizzo is also reporting that Hanley Ramirez is not in the lineup for the Dodgers today. Justin Turner is taking a turn at shortstop:
Hanley out of the line-up. pic.twitter.com/zeV8g69CaL— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) April 17, 2014