LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers go for a fifth straight series win on Sunday afternoon against the Cardinals, and will do so without Hanley Ramirez yet again. The shortstop is out of the lineup and completely unavailable for the Dodgers on Sunday, with tightness in his left calf.
"He's going to be day-to-day. He's not going to be available today," manager Don Mattingly said on Sunday morning. "We'll see where he is at then make decisions."
Ramirez sat four games with a sore shoulder before returning to the lineup on Saturday. He was 1-for-1 with a walk but only played two innings after feeling the tightness in his left calf. Ramirez, who was limping around the clubhouse on Sunday, has dealt with a myriad of minor injuries all season but hasn't yet been placed on the disabled list.
But Mattingly seemed more willing than usual to consider extended time off for Ramirez, who has an active 11-game hitting streak and is hitting .272/.358/.471 with 21 doubles and 11 home runs in 74 games this season.
"[The disabled list] will be part of the discussions moving forward," Mattingly said. "It just depends where you are at at the time and how you balance it. Do you take that time? Maybe he'll be ready in five or six days, but you can take the 15 and go into the All-Star break and be totally healthy, hopefully. That's the balance."
Putting Ramirez on the DL now (or any time through Wednesday) would take him through the All-Star break.
Cards roster move
After needing six innings out of the bullpen on Saturday, the Cardinals brought up some relief reinforcement in the form of Jorge Rondon. The 26-year-old right-hander was 3-2 with a 3.41 ERA in 27 games with Triple-A Memphis, with 23 strikeouts and 12 walks in 34⅓ innings. Eric Fornataro, who pitched the final two innings for the Cardinals on Saturday, was optioned back to Triple-A.
As reminded by Chris Jackson of the Albuquerque Examiner, Rondon was a key figure in a massive brawl between Memphis and Albuquerque in June 2013 that saw the suspension of six Isotopes, including Dee Gordon.