Hanley Ramirez did not take part in the Dodgers’ batting practice or warmup drills Friday, but found himself in the starting lineup a few minutes later.
Playing with a hairline fracture in in his 8th rib, Ramirez will bat cleanup in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. After the announcement, made less than 20 minutes before the first pitch, Ramirez briefly played catch on the outfield grass at Busch Stadium.
Prior to the game, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Ramirez’s condition had worsened.
“I told some of the radio guys before I had come in, if something would change before game time, we’d switch up,” Mattingly said. “All of a sudden he’s trying to do things and he could get loose, he may be in there. But I don’t anticipate that.”
Here is the Dodgers’ new lineup: