MRI results for Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez revealed a strained right oblique and he was placed on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced before Sunday's finale with the Brewers. The club recalled infielder Darwin Barney from Triple-A Albuquerque.
"It sounded like an oblique and that's pretty serious," Mattingly said. "Obviously, it didn't sound good."
Ramirez felt something in his left side before Friday night's game but tried to play through it, then aggravated the injury on a swing on a 1-2 pitch in the first inning against Kyle Lohse. Ramirez finished the plate appearance and walked, then remained in the game until the end of the frame.
Miguel Rojas took over for Ramirez at shortstop in the bottom of the first, then started at shortstop on Saturday night, and will do so again on Sunday. The DL move was retroactive to Saturday.
Barney was acquired from the Cubs on July 28 for Class-A Great Lakes pitcher Jonathan Martinez, 20. Barney, who was a minor league shortstop but has made 469 of his 487 career major league starts in the field at second base, played nine games with the Isotopes, six at shortstop and three at third base. Barney is expected to play all over the infield for the Dodgers.
At the plate with Triple-A Albuquerque, Barney was 9-for-35 with a double and three walks, hitting .257/.316/.286. He hit .230/.265/.328 in 72 games this year with the Cubs.