There were times this season when the
On Friday afternoon, Ramirez felt his right side tighten as he warmed up in an indoor batting cage at
That stubbornness, which has spared the Dodgers from fielding lineups with a light-hitting shortstop on most nights, might have been responsible for their 9-3 defeat to
A game that should have been remembered for how Roberto Hernandez pitched in his first game with the Dodgers was instead highlighted by a nightmarish seventh inning by third-choice shortstop Justin Turner.
The reason Turner was at shortstop with the Dodgers protecting a 3-2 lead was because Manager
"Obviously, you're not going to be able to set yourself up the way you want," Mattingly said.
Ramirez, who drew a walk in the top of the first inning, is scheduled to undergo a MRI exam Saturday.
Considering that his early departure affected how Mattingly managed the game, Ramirez was asked if he thought of scratching himself from the lineup.
Ramirez said he did, but added, "I don't want to get out of the game. I don't want to pull myself out of the lineup."
Ramirez will be a free agent this winter and his perceived durability figures to affect his value. Ramirez has played fewer than 100 games in two of his last three seasons.
The Dodgers were tied, 2-2, in the seventh inning when Rojas' turn to bat came up. With one out and men on the corners, Mattingly called on
But Turner, who led off the two-run inning with a pinch-hit single, handed the Brewers back the lead.
Turner made a fielding error on a grounder by Khris Davis, which loaded the bases, and he made a throwing error on a grounder by
"It's a classic case of I didn't catch the … ball twice and I didn't throw the ball to first base," Turner said. "Everyone saw it. It's as simple as that."
The defensive meltdown cost Hernandez a victory.
Hernandez was acquired Thursday to replace
Hernandez gave up two runs in the first inning, but was perfect after that.
He retired the last 17 batters he faced and completed six innings with a pitch count of only 65. He would have continued pitching, but Mattingly batted Turner in his place in the seventh inning because the Dodgers were trailing, 2-1.
Hernandez said he was pleased with how he finished the game.
But, he added, "I'd be happier if my team won."