Hanley Ramirez goes reluctantly to the 15-day DL
Dodger shortstop might be out longer says manager
Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly doesn't expect injured shortstop Hanley Ramirez back from the disabled list any time soon.
Ramirez thinks his skipper is wrong and isn't certain he needed to go out.
The Dodgers put Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring. The team made the move Saturday, a day after he hurt himself running the bases.
Ramirez isn't the only Los Angeles player hurting. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez was a late scratch from Saturday's game with NL West rival San Francisco due to a sore neck.
Asked to speculate how long he thought Ramirez would be sidelined, Mattingly didn't sound optimistic.
"A while ... I hope that puts it in the right category," Mattingly said. "You never really know when a guy's ready or not because you can't ever get to the intensity that you need to get to on the hamstring where you're going to explode and ask for more of your body. It's going to be a while."
Ramirez was injured while trying to go from first base to third in the sixth inning of Friday night's 2-1 loss at San Francisco.
The 29-year-old Ramirez was reinstated from the DL on Monday after surgery on his right thumb in March. He started the season on the disabled list after being injured during the World Baseball Classic.
Ramirez went 5 for 11 with a home run in four games for the Dodgers.
He walked gingerly through the Los Angeles clubhouse before Saturday's game and slowly changed clothes in front of his locker before telling reporters he hopes for a speedy recovery.
"I know what I'm feeling in there," Ramirez said. "It's better than last night, better than this morning. But there's still a lot of uncomfortable feeling in there.
"I was so excited to get back on the field, and this happened. But I'm going to keep working out. Nothing's going to stop me. It's going to make me stronger."
Gonzalez missed his second straight game due to a sore neck after colliding with an umpire Wednesday.
The Dodgers did get some encouraging news on injured pitcher Zack Greinke, who threw a 60-pitch bullpen session in his latest step back from a broken left clavicle.
"He felt like he had a lot more left, so that was good," Mattingly said.
Infielder Dee Gordon was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Ramirez's spot on the roster.
The 25-year-old Gordon, who started at shortstop and batted eighth against the Giants, was hitting .314 and led the Pacific Coast League with 14 stolen bases.