LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Monday he's optimistic that shortstop Hanley Ramirez won't need a stint on the disabled list for his injured left calf.
After missing four games with an arthritic right shoulder, Ramirez returned to the lineup on Saturday but lasted only two innings against the Cardinals before injuring his calf and has been sidelined since. He's made one start in the last seven games.
"The shoulder's his shoulder. It's been there, but I don't think that's what's keeping him," Mattingly said. "What's keeping him now is the calf."
Ramirez wasn't in Monday's starting lineup in the series opener against the Indians, but Mattingly said he could possibly be available off the bench. Infielder Miguel Rojas started in Ramirez's place at shortstop Monday.
"I think it's encouraging today that we may have him in some capacity," Mattingly said. "If it's not today, then tomorrow or the next day. At this point, I don't think we're looking at the DL. But we'll obviously see where that goes."
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter and Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less