KANSAS CITY -- Hanley Ramirez missed a second start Wednesday night because of an arthritic right shoulder and was scheduled to see Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Thursday, but manager Don Mattingly did not rule out Ramirez's availability off the bench in the series finale against the Royals.
"Hanley's better," Mattingly said before the game. "We'll get him warmed up and see if we can use him."
Juan Uribe is much better, apparently, as Mattingly said he expected the third baseman to be activated for Thursday night's homestand opener against St. Louis after concluding a Minor League rehab assignment Tuesday night for a strained hamstring. Uribe has been out nearly seven weeks.
Top outfield prospect Joc Pederson learned he had a slight A/C shoulder separation and would miss at least 10 days. He had an MRI exam in Albuquerque on Wednesday after sustaining the injury Tuesday trying to make a diving catch.
Carl Crawford was able to swing in the batting cage at the club's Arizona complex and was "moving forward," Mattingly said, but was yet to do baseball drills on the field.
Scott Elbert came out of his third Minor League rehab appearance Tuesday night healthy and will continue his rehab from three elbow operations later this week.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.