ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hanley Ramirez was a late addition to the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup, batting cleanup for Game 6 of the NL championship series Friday night.
Manager Don Mattingly said in his pregame news conference that there was a slight chance Ramirez could start, and the change was announced less than a half-hour before the first pitch. Ramirez has been hindered by a rib injury he sustained when he was hit by a pitch in the series opener.
Just before the announcement, Ramirez was on the field playing catch. He entered with a .167 average in the NLCS.
Mattingly's original lineup had Nick Punto playing shortstop and batting eighth and Yasiel Puig batting cleanup. Puig moved to sixth in the revised lineup, while Juan Uribe and A.J. Ellis each moved down one spot to seventh and eighth.
Jon Jay, slumping at the field and at the plate, was not in the St. Louis Cardinals' batting order against Clayton Kershaw. St. Louis led the best-of-seven series 3-2.
Manager Mike Matheny noted he often loads his lineup with right-handed hitters against difficult lefties. Although the Cardinals were 3-0 in three starts against Kershaw coming in, they were just 19-23 against left-handers.
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