"Hanley just keeps getting better and we're feeling a lot more confident that it's not going to be a DL [situation]," Mattingly said. "We're just hoping sooner than later."
While he didn't rule Ramirez out for Wednesday night's game in St. Louis, he said it's unlikely the 29-year-old shortstop would be available.
"I'd say he'd be doubtful on the NFL scale today," Mattingly said. "We're going to put him as doubtful right now, but you never know what will happen."
Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.