Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

news

MLB News

Hanley returns to Dodgers' lineup

Special to MLB.com

LOS ANGELES -- Shortstop Hanley Ramirez returned to the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday night for the first time since Thursday's game at the Mets. He missed four starts because of a strained left calf.

"Every day, it got better and better and better," Ramirez said.

View Full Game Coverage

LOS ANGELES -- Shortstop Hanley Ramirez returned to the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday night for the first time since Thursday's game at the Mets. He missed four starts because of a strained left calf.

"Every day, it got better and better and better," Ramirez said.

View Full Game Coverage

He batted fourth, with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez moving to fifth for the first time this season in a new-look lineup that manager Don Mattingly said he has been planning since the Dodgers were in Philadelphia last weekend.

Mattingly wrote an earlier lineup without Ramirez, but said he was hoping he'd have to redo it.

"Early in the day, we thought we might have to go all the way through batting practice," Mattingly said. "We found out early Hanley felt good. I didn't have any reservations."

Gonzalez, who playfully pretended to complain about hitting fifth in the clubhouse and dugout, batted fourth in all 50 previous starts this season.

The Dodgers are now grouping their lefties together, with Dee Gordon and Carl Crawford 1-2 and Gonzalez and Andre Ethier 5-6, with right-handed-hitting Yasiel Puig and Ramirez between them at 3-4, to make it more difficult for opposing teams to match up with left-handed relievers, Mattingly said.

Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com.

Los Angeles Dodgers, Hanley Ramirez