Hanley day to day, no plans for MRI on shoulder
ST. LOUIS -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that shortstop Hanley Ramirez is day to day with a jammed right shoulder and that the Dodgers have no immediate plans for Ramirez to have an MRI.
"As long as he keeps going forward like this, there won't be an MRI," Mattingly said. "If he stalls and all of a sudden he's not getting any better, seems to be stuck somewhere, that's when they'll do it."
Mattingly said Ramirez's range of motion in his shoulder has progressed and the 29-year-old shortstop is feeling better each day. While injuries plagued the Dodgers during their early struggles, Mattingly is confident Ramirez won't be out long and hopes to have Matt Kemp, on the 15-day disabled list, back soon as well.
"I think you can sustain [in the short term]," Mattingly said. "If you lose Matt and Hanley together, for a month, it's hard. Then you're going to start seeing the little things happen. … You'll see less production out of the offense."
In the meantime, shortstop Dee Gordon, who was told he was returning to the big leagues before Ramirez had hurt his shoulder, could see an increased role in his second stint this season.
"I'm just here to do whatever they tell me to do," Gordon said. "I'm not seeing too much into anything, just whenever they call me, I'm ready."