Hanley Ramirez sits again for Dodgers in opener vs. Indians

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Ramirez is out of the starting lineup for the sixth time in seven games.

LOS ANGELES -- Hanley Ramirez is out of the starting lineup again for the Dodgers on Monday night against the Indians, the shortstop still dealing with tightness in his right calf.

The Dodgers have a few days of patience built in to their schedule, in that Ramirez can play as late as Wednesday and still be eligible to be activated by their first game back after the All-Star break on Friday, July 18 should the club decide to place Ramirez on the disabled list.

But the club has thus far been resistant to place Ramirez on the disabled list, though injuries to his calf and shoulder have limited him to two plate appearances and two innings in the field in the last six games.

"It was encouraging today," said manager Don Mattingly. "At this point I don't think we're looking at a DL."

Ramirez does have an active 11-game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .378 (14-for-37) with five extra-base hits.

Miguel Rojas gets the start at shortstop on Monday against Cleveland.

Without a designated hitter, the odd man out for the Indians on Monday is Nick Swisher. The switch hitter sits while the Indians field a lineup with five left-handed batters and two switch hitters against right-hander Dan Haren.

Left-handed batters have hit .246/.295/.433 against Haren this season, actually worse the righties, who have hit .297/.318/.491 against the Dodgers right-hander.

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