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Monday, April 29, 2013
Hanley Ramirez activated from DL

By Mark Saxon

UPDATE (6:25 p.m.): The Dodgers activated Hanley Ramirez from the 15-day disabled list and placed Clayton Kershaw on the bereavement list for an undisclosed personal matter. Ramirez was not in the starting lineup.

LOS ANGELES -- After two rehab games in Class A Rancho Cucamonga, Hanley Ramirez returned to Los Angeles and joined his teammates in the Dodgers' clubhouse Monday.

He was not expected to join them on the field at game time, however. Ramirez could be taken off the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday (his bobblehead night), or he could still play in more minor league games, manager Don Mattingly said. Ramirez made his wishes fairly clear before Monday's series opener vs. the Colorado Rockies.

"I just want to be in there," Ramirez said. "I don't want to wait any longer. I'm a gamer. I just want to be in there and I think I can play."

Ramirez went 3-for-6 without an error in his two games playing shortstop in Rancho Cucamonga. He said throwing with a newly fitted splint is a bit awkward, but workable.

"It's not 100 percent, but I can defend myself on the field," Ramirez said.

The Dodgers have not made up their minds on whether to put Mark Ellis on the DL. He left Friday night's game with a strained right quadriceps and has been making steady progress since.

Also, pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who struck out 12 Milwaukee Brewers in eight shutout innings Sunday, was not with the Dodgers Monday. He was attending to an undisclosed personal matter, Mattingly said. The manager said he doesn't anticipate Kershaw missing his next scheduled start on Friday night in San Francisco.

Here are lineups for Monday:

Colorado
1. Dexter Fowler CF
2. Jordan Pacheco 1B
3. Carlos Gonzalez LF
4. Wilin Rosario C
5. Michael Cuddyer RF
6. Nolan Arenado 3B
7. Josh Rutledge 2B
8. Jonathan Herrera SS
9. Tyler Chatwood RHP

Dodgers
1. Carl Crawford LF
2. A.J. Ellis C
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
4. Matt Kemp CF
5. Andre Ethier RF
6. Skip Schumaker 2B
7. Luis Cruz 3B
8. Justin Sellers SS
9. Ted Lilly LHP