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Hanley Ramirez to have MRI exam on left hamstring Sunday

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Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will have an MRI exam on his left hamstring Sunday.

Ramirez will miss his fourth consecutive start since returning Tuesday from a 28-day stint on the disabled list for a strain in that hamstring.

[Update, 5:55 p.m.: Ramirez had the MRI exam and is expected to get the results on Monday or Tuesday, team officials said.]

“He’s having injury problems, and they want to get another look at this thing,” Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. “We’ll find out if it’s going to be more serious than we’ve been talking about.”

Mattingly expressed concern about the recurring stiffness in Ramirez’s hamstring before Thursday’s game. Stan Conte, Dodgers vice president of medical services, thought it was more of a temporary issue, Mattingly said.

Ramirez did pinch-hit in each of the last two games, most recently getting a hit in the ninth inning of Saturday night’s 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. He jogged slowly to first base before Mattingly boldly pinch-ran for him with pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

“This game’s hard enough to play full speed, especially when you’re playing shortstop and [speed] is part of his game,” Mattingly said.

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