LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez remained out of the starting lineup on Thursday night against San Diego after injuring the little toe on his left foot just before game time on Wednesday, but manager Joe Torre said Ramirez was available to pinch hit and that there was a strong chance he would return to a starting role on Friday night against Detroit.
"It didn't get worse, but it isn't totally better," Torre said. "He hit in the cage, and it was all good for hitting. But when he puts pressure on it, there is still some soreness, so he can't run in the outfield."
Ramirez hit his toe on part of a table in the training room while swinging his leg as part of his normal, pregame stretching routine. He underwent an X-ray shortly thereafter that showed no fracture or any other serious damage, so it's simply a matter of waiting for the residual soreness to subside.
With Andre Ethier on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken bone in the little finger on his right hand, Ramirez is the Dodgers' leading hitter at .352, and he has a .473 on-base percentage. However, his power has dropped off dramatically this season, as he has just two home runs and hasn't hit one in more than a month.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.