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Ramirez suffers right ankle sprain in loss

Ramirez suffers right ankle sprain in loss

MINNEAPOLIS -- Alexei Ramirez left Wednesday's game in the seventh inning of the White Sox 3-2 loss to the Twins at the Metrodome with what is being initially diagnosed as a sprained right ankle.

Ramirez walked through the clubhouse on crutches, but the White Sox shortstop only was using them because the team couldn't get X-rays since they were flying out of Minneapolis. They decided to err on the safe side, making the injury non-weight bearing until he gets the X-rays on Thursday in Chicago.

"We'll give him a day and see if he feels better," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of his plans for Ramirez at the outset of the four-game set with the Yankees. "He's not playing tomorrow."

The injury occurred when Ramirez tried to break up Carlos Quentin's inning-ending double play in the seventh. Quentin grounded a Jesse Crain pitch to third baseman Joe Crede, who fired a strike to second baseman Alexi Casilla and Casilla completed the double play.

After the play had ended, Ramirez writhed on the turf in pain after catching his right ankle on the hard slide. White Sox athletic trainer Herm Schneider and Guillen came out to check on him, and Ramirez limped off the field under his own power. Although the White Sox won't know the extent of the injury until Thursday, Guillen did not believe it was serious.

"He was walking around when we went back to the dugout," Guillen said.

Chris Getz replaced Ramirez, with Getz moving to second and second baseman Jayson Nix sliding over to shortstop. Getz struck out swinging in the ninth inning against Minnesota closer Joe Nathan.

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

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