Ramirez, who suffered a fractured rib when he was hit by a pitch in Game 1, is batting .167 in the NLCS, with five strikeouts in 12 at-bats.
Ramirez was fitted for a protective vest before Game 3, but his limited range and inability to extend his swing without pain have become increasingly evident. In his six at-bats in Games 4 and 5, he struck out four times, grounded into a double play and hit a comebacker.
The Cardinals benched center fielder
The lineups for Game 6:
Nick Punto, ss
Matt Adams, 1b
Shane Robinson, cf