WASHINGTON -- Disabled Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez returned to Los Angeles on Saturday to receive treatment for his strained right calf muscle.
"I didn't think there was any reason -- and Ned [Colletti, general manager] felt the same way -- to just carry him around, especially going to New York," manager Joe Torre said, referring to the next series with the Mets that starts Monday night. "It'll be a bit of a circus."
Ramirez, 37, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with an injury he originally suffered the first week of the season in Pittsburgh. He aggravated it last week and missed two starts over the weekend against the Giants, then reinjured it again running to first base on a single in an 8-5 loss to the Reds on Thursday night. He underwent an MRI on Friday.
Ramirez convinced club officials that the injury needed more than a few days off. It's only the third time he's been on the DL in a 17-season career and the first time since he broke his left index finger in 2002. Torre said he "hoped" Ramirez would return in the minimum 15 days.
Xavier Paul, called up from Triple-A Albuquerque to replace Ramirez on the roster, was in Saturday's lineup starting in left field. Paul missed Friday night's game when his flight out of New Orleans was delayed by bad weather.