Cubs’ Ramirez leaves after getting hit in face

Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez left Wednesday’s game against

the Houston Astros after getting hit in the face by a ground ball

that took a bad hop.

Ramirez dove after a hard grounder down the line hit by

Houston’s Chris Johnson. The ball appeared to take a bad hop and

hit Ramirez in the mouth area. He remained on the ground while

shortstop Starlin Castro retrieved the ball.

Team trainers ran onto the field and helped Ramirez into the

dugout while holding a towel to his face. Ramirez was replaced by

rookie D.J. LeMahieu.

The Cubs and Astros were tied 1-1 in the seventh when Ramirez

was hurt.