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Dodgers' Ramirez may not play in NLCS Game 3

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers' offense is struggling, and they might have to face Cardinals ace right-hander Adam Wainwright without their top hitter in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series tonight.

Shortstop Hanley Ramirez had a CT scan on his painful left ribs Sunday. The results weren't available. He got hit by a pitch from Joe Kelly in Game 1 but stayed in to play all 13 innings of a 3-2 loss Friday.

Ramirez was a late scratch for Game 2, a 1-0 defeat Saturday that left Los Angeles trailing St. Louis 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

He rested Sunday, along with the rest of the team, which didn't hit on the field.

"We're just working on that, taking the pain away so I can go," Ramirez said. "Even if it's cracked or something, I'm going to be able to get out there if we can take the pain away. It feels the same, but that doesn't stop me from trying to remain positive" for tonight.

Ramirez had a .638 slugging percentage during the regular season, and the Dodgers desperately need an offensive boost to get back into the series. They batted .184 in the first two games on the road, including 1-for-16 (.063) with runners in scoring position.

"We've talked about it," manager Don Mattingly said. "It always comes back to, can you get that key out and can you get the key hit? It doesn't get any easier for us with Wainwright. He seems like he's always coming up big."

Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier didn't start Saturday, but he appeared as a pinch-hitter and ended the game with a strikeout. He has been bothered by shin splints, though he made his first start since Sept. 13 in the series opener.

"It's definitely a thing where we need all the hands we can to find a way to get back in the series," Ethier said.

Wainwright predicted Ramirez and Ethier would play.

"He looks the best I've seen him in a long time," Wainwright said of Ramirez. "His swing looks great. His approach is awesome. As everyone knows, he's got power to all fields, so he's a very dangerous hitter and a very tough bat added to that lineup."

Dodgers' Ramirez may not play in NLCS Game 3 10/13/13 [Last modified: Sunday, October 13, 2013 9:09pm]
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