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Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier in Dodgers lineup for Game 5

October 16, 2013|By Kevin Baxter
  • Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez (No. 13) will be in the lineup for Game 5.
Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez (No. 13) will be in the lineup for Game 5. (Harry How / Getty Images )

With the Dodgers facing elimination, Manager Don Mattingly said he expects injured stars Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier to play in Wednesday's Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.

The Dodgers trail the best-of-seven series 3-1.

"I think they'll be ready to play," said Mattingly, who had Ramirez in his lineup playing shortstop and batting third while Ethier is in centerfield hitting fifth. "Hanley feels better today, Andre is ready to go."

Ramirez sustained a rib fracture when he was hit by a pitch in Game 1 of the series in St. Louis. He missed Game 2, had two hits in Game 3 but then had to come out midway through Tuesday's game because the pain from the broken rib left him unable to swing a bat.

Ramirez struck out three times Tuesday. Mattingly said Ramirez may have aggravated the injury in batting practice Tuesday. He is batting .222 for the series.

Ramirez arrived at Dodger Stadium at around 8 Wednesday morning to get treatment from the training staff.

"There really was no convincing this morning. When I first talked with the trainers, Hanley felt better today, he's good to go," Mattingly said.

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