Hanley Ramirez misses 3rd straight game, MRI shows no structural damage

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers shortstop is day-to-day and will continue to receive treatment on his right shoulder.

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers open their series against the Cardinals and will do so without Hanley Ramirez in the lineup for a third straight game, the shortstop still dealing with a sore shoulder.

Ramirez was examined on Thursday by Dodgers team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache. MRI results showed no structural damage to Ramirez's right shoulder. The Dodgers say Ramirez is day-to-day and will continue to receive treatment on his shoulder, and will be able to play as pain subsides.

Ramirez was not available on either Tuesday or Wednesday in Kansas City after feeling discomfort in his right shoulder while batting as designated hitter on Monday night against the Royals.

Ramirez has an active 10-game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .361/.415/.556 with four doubles, a home run, eight runs batted in and eight runs scored. On the season he is hitting .269/.354/.469 with 21 doubles, 11 home runs and 46 RBI in 73 games.

Miguel Rojas gets the start at shortstop, batting eighth.

Drew Butera gets the start at catcher.

The Dodgers do have Juan Uribe back in the lineup after missing 34 games with a right hamstring strain. Uribe is back at third base, batting sixth. He is 3-for-14 (.214) in his career against Adam Wainwright, but he's not the only one to struggle against the Cardinals right-hander.

The corresponding move to activate Uribe hasn't yet been announced.

Matt Kemp is 3-for-24 (.125) with a double and a pair of walks against Carpenter, while Adrian Gonzalez is 5-for-20 (.250) with two doubles and two walks.

Andre Ethier has had success against Wainwright, hitting 10-for-36 (.278) with three home runs, three doubles and three walks. Yasiel Puig is 3-for-6 with a double and a triple.

That triple, you might remember, was in Game 3 of the 2013 NLCS:

The Dodgers in 2014 lead the major leagues with 22 triples.

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