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Monday, April 29, 2013
Updated: April 30, 9:50 AM ET
Hanley Ramirez (thumb) activated

By Mark Saxon
ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers activated shortstop Hanley Ramirez from the 15-day disabled list Monday, roughly three weeks ahead of the original timetable for his return from right thumb surgery.

The team also placed pitcher Clayton Kershaw on the bereavement list for an undisclosed personal reason, but manager Don Mattingly said before the game he doesn't think Kershaw will miss his next scheduled start Friday night in San Francisco.

Kershaw pitched eight shutout innings Sunday in a 2-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, striking out 12.

Kershaw was not at Dodger Stadium on Monday.

In addition, 37-year-old pitcher Ted Lilly is questionable for his start this weekend versus the San Francisco Giants. Lilly had felt tightness in his back after his previous start in New York last week, and it returned in the first inning of Monday night's 12-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies, in which Lilly got hit around for three innings.

He'll be examined Tuesday. If he can't go this weekend, he'll likely be replaced in the Dodgers' rotation by rookie Matt Magill.

Ramirez was not in the Dodgers' lineup for Monday's game against the Colorado Rockies, but he was available to come off the bench. He came up as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and struck out.

Ramirez, who injured his thumb diving for a ball in the World Baseball Classic final on March 19, played two minor league rehab games for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, going 3-for-6 and playing 12 innings at shortstop. He is playing with a small, flexible splint on his right hand that allows him to hit and make throws. He had surgery to repair a torn tendon on March 22.

"It's not 100 percent, but I can defend myself on the field," Ramirez said before the game. "I just want to be in there. 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."

Dodger shortstops went into Monday batting .177 with one home run. Ramirez, 29, is a former rookie of the year and three-time All-Star with a .298 lifetime batting average. He has averaged 25 home runs per season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.