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Worth noting

• Manager Don Mattingly stopped short of saying that injured shortstop Hanley Ramirez would be available to pinch-hit on Thursday or Friday, but the reports remain positive. Ramirez, recovering from a jammed right shoulder, hit off a tee on Wednesday afternoon and lightly swung the bat during that night's game. The plan is to have him do the same during Thursday night's game.

"He's getting better," Mattingly said. "We haven't stalled anywhere where we're getting to the point where it's not getting any better. So he's still continuing to move forward."

Matt Kemp, who has a sprained left ankle, played catch on the field on Wednesday afternoon, and he ran in place on flat ground and with elevation on Wednesday and Thursday.

"Throwing and hitting is not going to be the problem," Mattingly said. "It's going to be the running and cutting and stopping, when you start getting on uneven ground, you know, hit a base, things like that."

• Brian Wilson, who tossed a perfect inning with Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday, is scheduled to make his second rehab appearance on Friday, with Triple-A Albuquerque.

Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for
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