Andre Ethier underwent precautionary X-rays here at Busch Stadium last night, but he’s mostly just sore, which is why he isn’t in the lineup today. Don Mattingly said he is a possibility to come off the bench today and that there is every indication he return to the starting lineup for Game 3 on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.
“That was a worst-case scenario last night, going 13,” Mattingly said. “He doesn’t feel like he went backward at all.”
Hanley Ramirez, meanwhile, is sore from getting plunked in the left rib cage. He is in the lineup for now, but Mattingly left open the possibility that Hanley could be scratched before the game. He would’ve also undergone precautionary X-rays after the game, but the on-site X-ray machine didn’t have the capability of getting the X-rays that were needed, so he would’ve had to go to a local hospital. Mattingly said that if Ramirez gets any more sore than he already is, he probably will have X-rays tomorrow when the team gets back home.