Hanley Ramirez's recovery going slowly

August, 11, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- Hanley Ramirez continues to feel pain in his right shoulder when he makes throws from shortstop and when he fully extends his arms while swinging a bat.

Thus, the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to be cautious with their .359-hitting shortstop. Manager Don Mattingly told him he wants him to be 100 percent healthy before he returns to the lineup. The disabled list remains a possibility. Ramirez jammed his shoulder falling into the stands to make a catch one week ago at Wrigley Field.

"I just worry if the pain keeps repeating every time I throw a ball or something," Ramirez said. "If I have to play like that the rest of the year, I'm going to play."

Mattingly used Ramirez as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning of Friday's game, meaning any disabled-list stint could be retroactive only to that date. Ramirez might be available as a pinch hitter in the next few days, but it sounds as if he is several days away from returning to the field.

The Dodgers have gone 5-1 while Ramirez has been out and they've built a 6½ game lead in the National League West, factors that have allowed them to take their time with their three-time All-Star.

Here are lineups for Sunday night's game with the Tampa Bay Rays, with L.A. going for a sweep:

Tampa Bay
1. Sean Rodriguez 1B
2. Wil Myers CF
3. Evan Longoria 3B
4. Ben Zobrist RF
5. Yunel Escobar SS
6. Ryan Roberts 2B
7. Jose Lobaton C
8. Jeremy Hellickson RHP
9. Jason Bourgeois LF

1. Carl Crawford LF
2. Mark Ellis 2B
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
4. Yasiel Puig RF
5. Andre Ethier CF
6. A.J. Ellis C
7. Juan Uribe 3B
8. Dee Gordon SS
9. Clayton Kershaw LHP

Mark Saxon

Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.



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Yasiel Puig
.296 16 69 92
HRA. Gonzalez 27
RBIA. Gonzalez 116
RY. Puig 92
OPSY. Puig .863
WC. Kershaw 21
ERAC. Kershaw 1.77
SOC. Kershaw 239