Dodgers pull Ramirez after hamstring injury

McClatchy news servicesMay 5, 2013 

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (13) is assisted off the field by trainers after suffering a strained hamstring sliding into third base against the Giants on Friday. He was placed on the 15-day DL.

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Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly doesn’t expect injured shortstop Hanley Ramirez back from the disabled list any time soon.

Ramirez thinks his manager is wrong and isn’t certain he needed to go out.

The Dodgers put Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring. The team made the move Saturday, a day after he hurt himself running the bases.

Ramirez isn’t the only Los Angeles player hurting. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez was a late scratch from Saturday’s game with National League West rival San Francisco because of a sore neck.

The 29-year-old Ramirez was reinstated from the DL on Monday after surgery on his right thumb in March. He started the season on the disabled list after being injured during the World Baseball Classic.

Infielder Dee Gordon was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Ramirez’s spot on the roster.

METS-BRAVES POSTPONED

Rain postponed Saturday’s game between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves in Atlanta.

Both teams said their Saturday starters will be pushed back one day, so Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese (2-2) will face Julio Teheran (1-0) of the Braves in today’s 10:35 a.m. (PDT) game.

The weather forecast for today in Atlanta is for heavy rain until 9 a.m.

ESCOBAR HURT BY PITCH

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar left Saturday night’s game against the Rockies after being hit on the left hand by a pitch from Colorado starter Jon Garland.

The team said Escobar was being taken to the hospital for X-rays.

Escobar immediately grabbed his arm after being struck by the 86 mph fastball in the second inning, grimacing in pain when the trainer came out to examine him. Escobar then headed for the clubhouse and Ryan Roberts trotted to first to serve as a pinch runner. Roberts remained in the game at second and Ben Zobrist moved to shortstop.

The 30-year-old Escobar was traded twice in a two-week span over the offseason, going from Toronto to Miami and then on to Tampa Bay. He is hitting .174 with two homers.

EXTRA BASES

The Athletics placed Chris Young on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps and recalled fellow outfielder Michael Taylor from Triple-A Sacramento. … Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis, who had surgery last July to repair a torn flexor tendon, is on track to start a rehabilitation assignment next week. Also, left fielder David Murphy was out of the lineup due to a stomach virus. ... Brewers infielder Yunieskey Betancourt, a former Mariners player, singled in the first inning against the Cardinals for his 1,000th career hit.

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