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Monday October 14th, 2013

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is a game-time decision for Game 3 of NLCS. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will start Game 3 of NLCS. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has a hairline fracture on the eighth rib, but he will start and bat third in tonight's pivotal Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals lead the best-of-seven series two games to none.

The Dodgers announced that Ramirez had a CT scan that revealed the injury.

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Ramirez did not play in Game 2 of the series because of the injury, and he said he did not even try to hit on Sunday.

Ramirez was hit on the left side of his rib cage with a 95 mph fastball from Cardinals starter Joe Kelly in Game 1 on Friday.

"I couldn't move. I couldn't finish my swing," Ramirez said. "Every time I rotate, it doesn't feel good. I think it's one of the toughest injuries I've ever had. When I'm sleeping, I'm still feeling it. Even when I stand up or do anything, I feel it. Every movement that I do, it doesn't feel good."
Center fielder Andre Ethier will also play in Game 3.  He will bat fifth in the Dodgers lineup.

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