Monday, October 14, 2013

Ramirez's Broken Rib

The Dodgers announced that shortstop Hanley Ramirez has a broken rib but will try to play anyway tonight in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. With the Dodgers trailing 2-0 to the St. Louis Cardinals, the decision by Manager Don Mattingly reflects the desperate situation his team is in, especially since the Cardinals are starting their best pitcher, Adam Wainwright.


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add Ramirez: According to reports, he will be wearing a protective jacket under his uniform, similar to the ones that quarterbacks wear in football to protect their rib cages. The big questions remain: Can Ramirez swing a bat at a 95 mph fast ball and can he be mobile enough to go into the hole at shortstop and field a ground ball, let alone throw it over to first base? Taking a pain killer only works so much.


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last add Ramirez: It is a fact that it is easier for a football player to play with a fracture. The Rams' Jack Youngblood played defensive end with a broken leg in Super Bowl XIV against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and quarterback Gary Beban sustained a broken rib against USC in 1967. Beban was still able to finish the game after treatment.

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