NLCS 2013: Hanley Ramirez planning to start Game 5

Stephen Dunn

Ramirez is ailing, but wants to play as the Dodgers face elimination.

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is still expected to start Game 5 of the NLCS on Wednesday for the Dodgers despite the pain from his fractured rib forcing him out of Tuesday's game early, reports MLB.com.

The pain in his side had worsened from Monday to Tuesday, but Ramirez still attempted to play through it. After a first-inning strikeout, he grimaced noticeably and talked to trainers in the dugout, but stayed in the game. He was eventually pulled following the sixth inning having gone 0-3. He says trainers had been trying to take him out earlier than that.

"Tomorrow, I'm going to come back, and I expect to see my name in the lineup," Ramirez told reporters after Tuesday's game. "But it's going to be hard. I'm going to try to play tomorrow. I'm going to go back to my house and get some rest and be ready to go tomorrow."

Ramirez sustained the injury in Game 1 against the Cardinals when a Joe Kelly fastball got him in the side. He did not play Game 2, but collected two hits in Game 3.

Ramirez had been arguably the best hitter on the team in the regular season when healthy. He hit .345 with a 1040 OPS while blasting 20 home runs in just 86 games.

The Dodgers' season will be on the line as they face elimination Wednesday down three games to one.

More from SB Nation MLB:

Cards take 3-1 series lead behind Holliday, Carpenter | More NLCS coverage

Do the Dodgers celebrate too much?

Red Sox get by stingy Verlander | More ALCS coverage

Goldman: Gibson’s HR still gives wrong idea about him

Meet Sir Bam Bam, who may be the future of big league managing

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.