Hanley exits game with tight hamstring

Hanley exits game with tight hamstring

MIAMI -- Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez left Tuesday's game against the Braves after four innings with a tight left hamstring and is currently listed as day-to-day.

After the Marlins' 4-3 loss that night, manager Fredi Gonzalez said his star player probably hurt it throughout the course of the game -- especially since the start time was delayed nearly three hours -- but he doesn't expect Ramirez to miss much time.

"I'm going to call it a cramp -- severe cramping on his hamstring," Gonzalez said. "Maybe it was just the length of the rain delay or the length of being out there. He's got some treatment. Hopefully he comes in [Wednesday] and says it's OK."

Ramirez, mired in an 0-for-14 funk, grounded into a forceout at second base in the bottom of the third and did not get a ball hit to him in the top of the fourth. To start the fifth, Emilio Bonifacio checked in at shortstop.

Ramirez also missed five starts with a sore right hip flexor in early July.

The 25-year-old is batting a National League-leading .355 with 19 home runs and 85 RBIs. Despite his recent skid, he hit .395 in August.

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