Dodgers' Ramirez Exits Game After Being Hit by Pitch Is Manny Ramirez, Part II in jeopardy already?

Probably not. But the Dodgers slugger did exit Los Angeles’ game against Cincinnati after leading off the third inning on Tuesday night. He was hit on the side of his left hand by the Reds’ Homer Bailey and, after being replaced by pinch-runner Juan Pierre, was taken to the hospital for precautionary X-rays.

Prior to the HBP, Ramirez’s second-inning triple plated the Dodgers’ first two runs of the game. L.A. went on to win 12-3 as Randy Wolf picked up his fifth win of the season.

Ramirez has been hit by a pitch twice this year; the first time occurred late in the game on May 4 against Arizona, but it did not warrant an early exit.

In 42 games in 2009, the 37-year-old outfielder is batting .343 with 10 homers and 33 RBIs. The Dodgers currently own an MLB-best 60-34 record and hold a nine-game lead in the NL West.