Hanley Ramirez injures calf in return

Updated: June 29, 2014, 12:47 AM ET
By Brian Kamenetzky | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The scoreboard looked good Saturday for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who used a six-run second inning to fuel a 9-1 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.

The training room, not so much.

Shortstop Hanley Ramirez returned from a four-game absence but was lost after two innings and a pair of at-bats. He was removed from the game in the top of the third after his left calf tightened up running the bases. In the first inning, Ramirez beat out an infield single, which manager Don Mattingly suspected was the point at which the injury occurred.

Ramirez struggled with the same calf earlier this season, missing three games in late May.

Mattingly gave no indication of how much time Ramirez might miss.

"I think we'll probably find out more tomorrow," he said.

Before leaving the game, Ramirez was able to extend his hit streak to 11 games, during which he's hit .378 with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBIs. Mattingly said the Dodgers will miss his bat, but are equipped to deal with any potential absence.

"I think we're built on pitching, and if we can defend [we'll be OK]," he said. "The only positive is I think we're a little better defensively with someone else."

"[Still] I like our lineup a lot better with him in it."

The news was more definitive, and less encouraging, for utility infielder Justin Turner. Starting at third base Saturday night, Turner hurt his left hamstring in the second inning after an RBI double to right field. He was replaced immediately by Miguel Rojas.

Mattingly said the team was pretty sure Turner would land on the disabled list.

Turner has been a key member of the Dodgers' bench and has been red-hot this month, batting .389 with 10 RBIs in 54 June at-bats.

The Dodgers activated third baseman Juan Uribe from the disabled list Friday, but Mattingly had hoped to limit his playing time initially to prevent a recurrence of the right hamstring injury taking him out of the lineup. That plan won't change.

"We'll still be careful," he said.

Should Turner indeed be disabled, Mattingly indicated his roster spot would be filled by someone who can spell Uribe, and also fill in at shortstop as well. That could be infielder Carlos Truinfel, who was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Uribe.

If Uribe can't yet play every day and Ramirez has to miss a handful of games, the Dodgers could find themselves temporarily thin on the infield and bench.

Adding insult -- and more injury -- to injury, Mattingly said third-base coach Lorenzo Bundy also "blew out" his calf on the same play in which Turner hurt his hamstring.

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