Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is not in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Brewers, a day after exiting in the first inning after one at-bat. Miguel Rojas will get the start in Ramirez’s stead, batting eighth.
Ramirez experienced tightness in his right side while taking batting practice prior to last night’s game. In his first-inning at-bat against Kyle Lohse, he swung twice and missed, but was able to work a six-pitch walk. He reportedly underwent an MRI on his side earlier today, but results are not yet known.
Ramirez, 30, has battled a litany of injuries this season including a thumb contusion, a calf strain, shoulder inflammation, and now his right side. When he has been healthy enough to play, Ramirez has been productive, owning a .277/.367/.455 with 12 home runs and 58 RBI.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: