Hanley Ramirez scratched from Dodgers’ lineup, undergoes MRI on left hamstring. Update.

Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez leads the Dodgers with a .342 batting average and a 1.024 OPS. (Getty Images)

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.

Nick Punto is penciled in at shortstop, batting second, for the Dodgers’ 7 p.m. game against the San Francisco Giants. Michael Young is batting third, where Ramirez has hit the last four days.

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.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.