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Sunday, August 11, 2013
Hanley Ramirez's recovery going slowly

By Mark Saxon

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

Dodgers
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