Dodgers 1, Cubs 0: Worst Case Scenario

ramirez_injured_2013-08-04Stephen Fife was actually very good today as the Dodgers finished off a sweep of the Cubs and OH LORD HANLEY NO. Other than Clayton Kershaw, I’m not sure the Dodgers have a more irreplaceable player right now than Hanley Ramirez, not only because of how phenomenal he’s been this year but because of the complete lack of depth behind him.

Because I’m a sadist, here’s a GIF of what happened when Ramirez tried to track down a David DeJesus pop fly in the eighth inning:

Ramirez came out of the stands and immediately doubled over in pain, then left the game as we all died a million deaths on the inside. The injury appeared to be to his right (throwing) shoulder, as opposed to the left shoulder that he injured and eventually had surgery on in 2011 with the Marlins.

That’s not to gloss over a tight 1-0 game, because Fife was quite effective, and that was necessary because the Dodgers managed just two hits — an Andre Ethier double in the fourth, and an A.J. Ellis single in the second that pushed across Ramirez (who had walked) for the only run. Chris Withrow, J.P. Howell, and Kenley Jansen combined for 3.2 perfect innings as the bullpen continues to excel, though I can’t pretend that the fact that Jansen’s appearance was his ninth in 13 days doesn’t concern me.

You’d think that leaving Chicago with a four-game sweep, extending the club record for consecutive road wins, and tossing back-to-back shutouts at Wrigley for the first time since 1949 would be nothing but good feelings as they head into St. Louis tomorrow. Yet here we are, terrified about what the medical reports are going to be on Ramirez, because if they’re not good… well, you can’t rely on Nick Punto for more than a few days at a time, and I am absolutely not prepared to turn back to the Dee Gordon era again. Be well, Hanley. You’re our only hope.

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LA_Woman
LA_Woman

please be okay please be okay please be okay please be okay please be okay please be okay please be ok please be okay please be okay please be okay please be okay please be okay please be okay

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deBlueSubiculums
deBlueSubiculums

"I just jumped and landed on it," said Ramirez, wearing a sling after a 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. "I'm not feeling the back of my shoulder. It's really sore and we'll see how it feels tomorrow.

efb
efb

It's all the final frontier in here and shit

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

@efb I'd offer to stop, but I'm no longer the only one posting them. 

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@Cochito Commish @LA_Woman I know. And I don't see how he won't be. The landing looked horrible, especially knowing it was stupid bricks. And him saying he can't feel his shoulder...

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@DeucesWild Pretty much. It's from the company that made the Uncharted series and all the amazing Crash Bandicoot games.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Cochito Commish I haven't even heard of that one. Man, I need to get back into gaming. I don't think I've gotten a game in probably 2 years

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@DeucesWild I like the "I don't suspect anyone's heard that song" joke because the game is set in like 1902. It was pretty awesome, one of the best I've played in a while. Nothing has come close to The Last of Us, though.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Cochito Commish That's awesome, I've been curious about that game. My friends have said it's pretty great. Plus, CCR makes anything better. What's your take?