Hanley gets hit on wrist, exits game

Hanley gets hit on wrist, exits game

NEW YORK -- Marlins All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez is listed as day-to-day with a sore right hand after being struck by a pitch Monday.

However, after the Marlins lost, 7-1, to the Mets, Ramirez said he would definitely not play on Tuesday. It's also doubtful if he will play again in the series, which ends on Wednesday afternoon.

In the first inning at Citi Field, Ramirez was plunked on the hand by a 94-mph John Maine fastball. Immediately, he was in extreme pain as he drifted toward his team's dugout.

"I know I can be back soon," Ramirez said. "We're not doing good right now and we need everybody here. We've got to stick together, and hopefully I can be back soon."

The Marlins have dropped seven straight, so having one of the game's top players not in the lineup makes his absense hurt even more.

Ramirez was struck where the right hand and wrist meet. When the area on his hand started swelling manager Fredi Gonzalez decided to get the 25-year-old out of the game.

Ramirez didn't feel Maine was throwing at him intentionally, but the shortstop noted that pitchers have been throwing inside on him all season.

"I know they're not going to miss a pitch over the plate," Ramirez said. "If they're going to miss, they're going to hit somebody. That's what they're supposed to do. They're fighting. There is nothing you can do, and I can't control that."

Ramirez was tended to by assistant trainer Mike Kozak. He was promptly replaced by pinch-runner Ross Gload.

During his at-bat, Ramirez was locked in an eight-pitch showdown with Maine. With the count full, Maine's fastball ran up and in on the shortstop.

The Marlins opened their three-game series with the Mets with Ramirez riding an eight-game hitting streak. Since he was hit by the pitch, Ramirez's hitting streak remains alive.

On the season, Ramirez is batting .289 with two home runs and 12 RBIs.

Alfredo Amezaga replaced Ramirez at short, and Gload played left field, filling the No. 3 hole in the Marlins lineup.

Ramirez is the second Florida slugger to deal with being hit on the hand by a pitch.

Cleanup batter Jorge Cantu was struck on the back of his left hand by a Daniel Cabrera fastball in the third game of the season. Cantu has been treating the hand daily, and he's missed some games off and on, although he was in the lineup on Monday.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.