"It's sore," Ramirez said before Wednesday night's series finale. "I got here early, and I got some treatment. And Donnie [Mattingly] was trying to give me the day off, and I said, 'No, I'm gonna go down there, and put me in the lineup, and I'll hit BP before the game.'"
Manager Don Mattingly had said there was a 50/50 chance Ramirez could be scratched, but he was encouraged by Ramirez's response to the injury.
"I think just the fact that he comes in thinking he feels good enough to play is good news for us," Mattingly said.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.