Hanley Ramirez's recovery going slowly

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