Manny day to day with hurt hamstring
SAN FRANCISCO -- Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez left Tuesday night's game with the San Francisco Giants in the top of the first inning with an injury to his right hamstring after sliding back into second base awkwardly on an unusual play.
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Ramirez was initially listed as day to day, but trainer Stan Conte said there was no way to know whether the injury is severe enough for Ramirez to be placed on the disabled list until he comes to the ballpark on Wednesday morning. Dodgers manager Joe Torre said Ramirez definitely won't play in Wednesday's afternoon series finale against the Giants.
"It's kind of hard to tell right now," Conte said. "It's on the outside part of his right hamstring. We'll take a look tomorrow. It's a day game, so we'll have a chance to look at it and see how he recovers overnight. It's hard with hamstring pulls or muscle pulls to tell until the next day how bad it is or how long it's going to be.''
Conte said there were no immediate plans for any significant testing on Ramirez's hamstring such as an MRI exam.
"I'm not thinking about the DL right now, I'm thinking about how he comes in tomorrow," Conte said. "I'll know a whole lot more tomorrow in terms of how he recovers."
Torre was staying positive about Ramirez, who is batting .322 with eight home runs and 39 RBIs.
"It was sort of low on his leg and hamstring area," Torre said. "He didn't feel it pop. It was tight on him. Hopefully it will be OK. We'll see."
Both Torre and Conte said Ramirez had experienced some discomfort in the hamstring before the game and had trouble getting loose. However, it didn't seem severe enough at the time to cause concern, but that changed on the aforementioned play in the first inning.
Ramirez, who had singled up the middle with two outs, went to second on a subsequent single by James Loney that scored Andre Ethier from third. Ramirez rounded second and took two or three steps toward third, and that apparently is when he felt something more severe than before in the hamstring. He made only a gingerly attempt to get back to the bag, but the throw from Giants right fielder Aubrey Huff came to shortstop Edgar Renteria, who was standing on the second base bag.
Renteria had Ramirez easily, but dropped the ball as he applied the tag, and Ramirez was called safe by second base umpire Ron Kulpa.
After calling time at the end of the play, Ramirez walked off the bag with an obvious injury, and Torre and Conte immediately came onto the field. Within seconds, they were escorting Ramirez off the field, with Matt Kemp having been sent in to pinch run.
"As he was rounding second and stopped was where he felt it," Conte said. "Obviously, he knew it right away."
Kemp, out of the starting lineup for a third straight day because of his recent struggles, took over in center field after running for Ramirez, with Reed Johnson sliding over to Ramirez's spot in left. Kemp finished with two hits in the Dodgers' 4-2 win.
Ramirez spent two weeks on the disabled list earlier this season with a right-calf strain.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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