Hanley likely headed to DL with oblique injury

Hanley likely headed to DL with oblique injury

MILWAUKEE -- Still awaiting results of an MRI, the Dodgers on Saturday seemed resigned to the fact that Hanley Ramirez will require a stint on the disabled list due to a right oblique injury.

Manager Don Mattingly said the pregame injury that forced Ramirez from Friday night's game "doesn't sound good." The MRI was scheduled in the late afternoon, but after the game Mattingly said team doctor Neal ElAttrache still hadn't reviewed the results.

Darwin Barney was removed from Saturday night's Triple-A Albuquerque game in the third inning, so he seems to be the most likely replacement. Isotopes infielders Carlos Triunfel, Erisbel Arruebarrena and Alex Guerrero are also on the 40-man roster. Barney has the most big league experience, Arruebarrena is the best defender at shortstop and Guerrero the better hitter.

Ramirez, eligible for free agency after this season, has been determined to stay off the disabled list this year despite shoulder and calf injuries. Nonetheless, he has missed 25 starts.

Miguel Rojas, who replaced Ramirez on Friday night after one-half of an inning, started at shortstop Saturday night.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.