Hanley Ramirez added to Dodgers lineup vs. Cardinals

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Ramirez is making his first start since Monday, and his first time at shortstop since Sunday.

LOS ANGELES -- Though he wasn't initially in the starting lineup on Saturday, Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was a late addition to the lineup against the Cardinals on Saturday. Ramirez is batting third.

It's the first start for Ramirez since Monday and his first time at shortstop since Sunday. He missed each of the last four games with a sore shoulder. He was available to pinch hit on Friday night and was in the on-deck circle in the ninth inning when A.J. Ellis grounded into a game-ending double play.

Miguel Rojas was originally slated to start at shortstop, batting eighth. But Ramirez after taking batting practice and participating in throwing drills was cleared to start by Dodgers director of medical services Stan Conte.

Ramirez is 0-for-6 with a walk and five strikeouts against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, though Ramirez takes a 10-game hitting streak into Saturday's game, hitting .361/.415/.556 with four doubles and a home run during that stretch. Ramirez has a hit in each of his last 13 starts and has reached base by hit or walk in each of his last 22 starts.

Here is the updated Dodgers lineup for Saturday:

Gordon 2B
Puig RF
Ramirez SS
Gonzalez 1B
Kemp LF
Ethier CF
Turner 3B
Ellis C
Greinke P

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