Friday, April 16, 2010
Ramirez, Rowand leave LAD-SF game
By Tony Jackson
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez left Friday night's game against San Francisco after three innings because of tightness in his right calf. There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury, although there was no indication that it was anything serious.
Ramirez ran out a ground ball to shortstop in the first inning, then another grounder to third in the second. He then played left field in the top of the third before leaving. Reed Johnson took over in left field at the start of the fourth inning.
Meanwhile, Giants center fielder Aaron Rowand left in the fifth inning after getting hit in the helmet by a pitch from Vicente Padilla.
Rowand was struck on the bill of the helmet, one pitch after Padilla was visited on the mound by pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. Rowand spent a few minutes on his knees behind home plate after manager Bruce Bochy and a team trainer rushed out of the dugout. Rowand left the field under his own power and received a round of applause by the Dodgers crowd.
In the second inning, the Dodgers' Matt Kemp dived to the ground on a high and tight pitch from Todd Wellemeyer, who gave up a home run to Kemp his first time up.
By the time Ramirez left, the Dodgers already had built a 7-0 lead, a fact that might have contributed to the decision to remove Ramirez from the game. Ramirez has played in nine of the Dodgers' first 10 games this season and is hitting .355 with one home run and eight RBIs.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.