LOS ANGELES -- Hanley Ramirez answered questions about his injured finger on Wednesday by pointing to the Dodgers' lineup card hanging next to his locker.
Ramirez was penciled in at shortstop, batting second behind second baseman Dee Gordon, one day after being struck on the tip of his right ring finger by a hard one-hopper off the bat of the Rockies' Corey Dickerson and leaving the game in the seventh inning.
"It's sore," Ramirez said before Wednesday night's series finale. "I got here early, and I got some treatment. And Donnie [Mattingly] was trying to give me the day off, and I said, 'No, I'm gonna go down there, and put me in the lineup, and I'll hit BP before the game.'"
Manager Don Mattingly had said there was a 50/50 chance Ramirez could be scratched, but he was encouraged by Ramirez's response to the injury.
"I think just the fact that he comes in thinking he feels good enough to play is good news for us," Mattingly said.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less