LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers got Hanley Ramirez back on Monday.
Ramirez was activated from the disabled list before Monday's game against the Rockies, but was not in the starting lineup. The Dodgers placed left-hander Clayton Kershaw on the bereavement list in a corresponding roster move.
After two Minor League rehab games with Class A Rancho Cucamonga over the weekend, Ramirez said Monday he was ready to join the Dodgers.
He struck out as a pinch-hitter to end the seventh inning in the Dodgers' 12-2 loss.
"I just want to be in there," said Ramirez, who had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb March 22. "I don't want to wait any longer. I'm a gamer. I think that I can play."
Ramirez went 3-for-6 with a double and three RBIs in two rehab games and played 12 innings at shortstop. He took batting practice, played catch and fielded ground balls before Monday afternoon, convincing management that he was ready to contribute.
"Off the DL yayyyyy!!!" Ramirez tweeted.
Kershaw was not with the team Monday. The left-hander is dealing with a personal issue. He must remain on the bereavement list for at least three games and the club expects Kershaw to start on Friday against the Giants.
Mark Ellis is still nursing a strained right quad, and the second baseman was held out of the lineup for a third straight game Monday. He has not played since he suffered the injury in the fifth inning of Friday's 7-5 win against the Brewers.
Ellis played catch and took batting practice before Monday's game. The veteran did some light jogging but has not progressed to sprints. The Dodgers are still hoping Ellis can avoid a trip to the DL.
"He's better," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We're pretty much still in the same boat with Mark. He's pretty much able to do a lot. We're just making sure we don't reach a point where we cause any damage, do something that's going to set him out for a month."
But with Ramirez's return, the Dodgers have another infielder to help fill the void.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less