So the hamstring is OK, but Hanley Ramirez has a sore back?
That was the word Friday in a brief announcement by the Dodgers on the MRI exam of the shorstop's back. The Dodgers said his back looked the same as it did in a 2011 MRI test, when Ramirez suffered a similar problem.
This is the first time anyone said anything about a back problem this season. The Dodgers said Ramirez received a cortisone injection in his back and is expected to be able to play next week.
Ramirez was not in the clubhouse before the team’s pregame workout Friday. He refused to speak to reporters Thursday night after leaving the game with what the Dodgers then called mild hamstring tightness.
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez has been bothered by a tight hamstring for three weeks and it hasn’t been completely healthy since he spent a month on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain earlier this season.
The Dodgers have 16 games to manage resting his back and hamstring, while still keeping him sharp for the playoffs.