Manny hit in hand, but X-rays negative
Dodgers slugger listed as day to day after exiting in third
LOS ANGELES -- X-rays were negative on Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez's left hand Tuesday night and he's listed as day to day after being struck by a 95-mph Homer Bailey fastball Tuesday night.
"It's scary," said a relieved manager Joe Torre after a 12-3 win over the Reds. "It's so easy to break a bone because, you know, you're wearing a glove but that's not a whole lot of protection. So we're very fortunate that it's just a bruise. He was in pain. His hand was quivering on him a little bit and we thought the safest thing to do was send him [to the hospital]."
Ramirez was sent to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, Calif., for the precautionary X-rays. Results were flashed on the Dodger Stadium message board in the sixth inning.
"Hopefully, he's OK tonight," Torre said. "If he has to miss tomorrow he has to miss tomorrow."
Teammate Rafael Furcal said he feared the worst after watching the pitch strike Ramirez on the left side of his hand, not a glancing blow.
""Everybody was expecting like a broken hand, but I'm glad he's OK," he said. "Maybe he'll take a day off and play on Friday. He said he was OK."
Ramirez was hit leading off the third inning and the Dodgers leading the Reds, 4-1. Ramirez had a two-run triple in the bottom of the first inning and made a running catch in the left-center gap on Joey Votto to end the top of the third inning.
"The good news is Manny's hand isn't broken. I'm glad that's the case or there would have been a lot of mad Los Angelians at me," Bailey said. "I was trying to get about stomach high and in. That's kind of what we had on him. You have to go in. When you go in, you don't want to miss over the plate, because he's liable to hit it 800 feet. The pitch just got away from me. I think it was pretty obvious it wasn't on purpose. The good news is they listed him as day to day. I would never intentionally hit anybody."
Dodgers starter Randy Wolf said Ramirez "seemed to think he was all right when he walked by us" in the dugout. Wolf hit the Reds leadoff hitter the next inning, Jonny Gomes, with a pitch on his foot.
Ramirez returned to the Dodgers July 3 from a 50-game suspension for violating the Major League Baseball drug policy. He was replaced in Tuesday night's game by Juan Pierre, who started all 50 games for Ramirez during the suspension.
Ramirez is batting .343 with 10 homers and 33 RBIs in 42 games. His home run Monday night was career No. 537, moving past Mickey Mantle for sole possession of 15th place on the all-time list.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.