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Worth noting

• Scott Van Slyke continued his Minor League rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday and went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored as a designated hitter. The Dodgers are expected to activate the outfielder either Friday or Saturday. Van Slyke has been on the disabled list since June 11 with left shoulder bursitis.

• Hanley Ramirez was held out of the lineup on Thursday after playing nine games at shortstop in the past eight days. Ramirez has a nine-game hitting streak, but is three weeks removed from a left hamstring issue.

"I don't want to do it, but I felt like I needed to do it," said manager Don Mattingly. "He's feeling good and I just want to keep it that way. I'm being a little bit careful with him. We want to keep him healthy. Hopefully he will be able to play the rest of the series."

Ramirez is available off the bench for Thursday's series opener against the Phillies, the manager said.

• Left fielder Carl Crawford, on the disabled list since June 2 with a strained left hamstring, has progressed to running curves and continues to rehab in Arizona at the Dodgers' Spring Training facility at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

"He's getting closer to going out on a rehab assignment," said Mattingly. "We're moving in the right direction."

• Left-hander Ted Lilly threw a bullpen session on Thursday and could begin a Minor League rehab assignment this weekend.

"He's probably getting close to going out and pitching, if everything goes good," Mattingly said.

• The Dodgers hosted the UCLA baseball team on Thursday. The Bruins won the College World Series on Tuesday. The players and coaches watched batting practice from the field and were honored before the game.

UCLA has a rich baseball tradition and 10 former Bruins have played for the Dodgers, including Jackie Robinson, Eric Karros, Todd Zeile, Tim Leary, Glenn Mickens, Dave Roberts, Ron Roenicke, Matt Young, Gail Hopkins and Adam Melhuse.

• Dodger broadcaster Charley Steiner will be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame on Nov. 9, as a member of the Class of 2013.

Steiner, a four-time Emmy winner, is in his ninth season as the play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers, calling all the games for the club on AM 570 Fox Sports L.A.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for Austin Laymance is an associate reporter.
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