Hanley’s Knee Contusion Should Be Go For Today’s Game

Hanley Ramirez is examined after his knee is struck by a fastballIn the bottom of the 3rd, with a 6-1 deficit and no outs, Hanley Ramirez took a fastball off the knee from “Crazy” Carlos Zambrano which sent him to the ground writhing in pain. Hanley continued to play, but it was a situation that still needed to be examined carefully, and Emilio Bonifacio replaced Hanley.

“I think it might be more muscle than bone,” Fredi Gonzalez said. “I think it may be more in the thigh area than the actual knee.”

As fortune has it, today’s game starts at 5pm instead of the usual 1pm. This will buy Hanley more time to be examined and cleared. Indications at this time are that Hanley should be a go in the series finale with the Cubs. Looking at the picture, it seems he is clutching his thigh more so than his knee which, as Fredi stated, is very positive.