Hanley Ramirez wasn’t at Dodger Stadium as his teammates filed out for batting practice Friday afternoon. The shortstop underwent an MRI exam on his left hamstring and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the results might be available later today.
Update (6:15 p.m.) The Dodgers announced that Ramirez has an irritated nerve in his back, which was directly causing the tightness in Ramirez’s hamstring. He received a cortisone injection in his back and is expected to be available to play next week.
Ramirez left Thursday’s game against the Giants in the seventh inning with what the team called “mild left hamstring tightness.” It’s the same hamstring that Ramirez hurt in May, an injury that caused him to spend a month on the disabled list.
“I’m not really that worried about it because it’s something I’ve been hearing,” Mattingly said. “We don’t have to push him out there at this point.”
There are 16 games left in the regular season. Dee Gordon can also play shortstop until Ramirez returns, but “Nick’s the guy right now,” Mattingly said.
“Since he came back from the hammy there’s always been a little tightness here, a little tightness there, that we’ve paid attention to,” Mattingly said.