Andre Ethier scratched due to calf

Updated: August 13, 2013, 9:17 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was scratched from Tuesday's lineup and sent to White Memorial Hospital for further tests on a tight left calf that has been bothering him since he was struck by a pitch 10 days ago in Chicago.

Ethier has struggled since the Chicago series, batting .241 in eight games. He was replaced in center field by Skip Schumaker.

"We wanted the doctor to look at it because whatever it is, it's been a while, and all of the sudden it got worse," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

The Dodgers got good news on shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who was available to pinch hit Tuesday and is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday, Mattingly said. Ramirez jammed his right shoulder going into the stands to make a catch on Aug. 4, also in Chicago.

Ramirez is batting .359 with a 1.050 OPS and 11 home runs, but the Dodgers have won seven of the eight games he has missed. Ramirez said Monday he is concerned the shoulder could bother him the rest of this season when he throws, but Mattingly said Dodgers trainers gave him a clean bill of health Tuesday.

"He has no issues at this point," Mattingly said. "Today's the day he's ready."

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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