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Is Don Mattingly's frustration with Hanley Ramirez injuries rising?

Reading between the lines, don’t you love it? Can be dangerous. Fraught with trouble if you get it wrong, very insightful if you get it right.

These skills become required when the subject, for whatever reason, is hesitant to come straight out and say what he’s thinking yet can’t help hinting at it.

Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly has all the usual reasons for not wanting to criticize a player, but you have to wonder if he’s about had it with Hanley Ramirez and his injury of the week.

Ramirez sat out two games this week with a sore something. Oh, yeah, an elbow. In the last two seasons, he’s now missed games with a troubled elbow, hand, thumb, shoulder, calf, hamstring, oblique, back, ribs, and it’s quite possible I’m forgetting a few.

He returned to the lineup Thursday and, after the game, Mattingly was asked how Ramirez came out of it.

“He seemed OK,” Mattingly said. “At this point, if a guy says he’s good to go, he’s good to go. It can’t be a gray area. You’re in or you’re out. There...

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Hyun-Jin Ryu confident he'll pitch for Dodgers in playoffs

Hyun-Jin Ryu said Friday he doesn’t know when he’ll start throwing again, but is certain he’ll be ready to pitch in the playoffs.

“I’m pretty confident I will be able to come back by then,” the left-hander said through an interpreter.

Ryu, out since Sept. 12 with problems in his left shoulder, underwent a MRI exam and received a cortisone injection Monday in Los Angeles. He hasn’t resumed throwing, but said he is hoping to do so in the next day or two. He said he doesn’t know when he’ll be ready to pitch in a game.

With Ryu unavailable, the Dodgers have a vacancy in their rotation. Carlos Frias replaced Ryu on his last turn, but was historically awful in a loss to the Colorado Rockies.

Dan Haren threw a bullpen session Friday, which figures to line him up to start Monday in the series opener against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. The Giants trail the Dogders by 2 1/2 games in the NL West.

Haren is also an option to start the Sunday series finale against the Chicago Cubs at...

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Dodgers stage rare, and much needed, comeback win over Cubs, 8-4

It was doom and gloom. Wailing into the dark night, cursing of baseball fates and all things Wrigley Field.

The Dodgers started one of their two aces, Zack Greinke, and he struggled in a five-inning outing. They trailed the Cubs by three runs, 4-1, heading into the seventh inning. All with the full knowledge they have not exactly been the comeback kids -- they were 1-54 when trailing after the sixth.

And then the skies opened, the hits fell and all was right in the land of the Boys in Blue.

The Dodgers staged one of their best, if rare, comebacks of the season on a chilly Thursday night in Wrigley, rallying with five runs in the seventh inning on the way to an 8-4 victory over the Cubs.

The win increased their lead over the idle Giants to 2½ games, with nine regular-season games left, and reduced their magic number to eight.

It felt like a huge turnaround for the Dodgers, who were looking at a third consecutive loss and dropping a half-game in the standings.

But after getting shut down...

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Hanley Ramirez to return to Dodgers lineup; rotation still a mystery

After starting the last two games on the bench with a strained right elbow, Hanley Ramirez was penciled into the Dodgers' lineup Thursday for their series opener against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Manager Don Mattingly warned Ramirez could be a last-minute scratch, but Ramirez appeared to hit and throw before the game without any problems.

While Ramirez figures to return, the rotation remains something of a mess.
With Hyun-Jin Ryu “a stretch” to return from a shoulder injury to start Monday against the San Francisco Giants, Mattingly said the Dodgers are undecided about how they will make up for Ryu’s absence.

“We haven’t made the decision,” Mattingly said of who will start Monday.

Mattingly said Dan Haren remains scheduled to pitch Sunday in the series finale against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, but added this qualifier: “For now.”

Following a disastrous start by rookie Carlos Frias in Colorado on Wednesday, Mattingly acknowledged the Dodgers might have a bullpen game rather...

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Imagining a 'bullpen' start for Dodgers in the stretch

“We are not desperate!”

Ah, yes, you are.

“We are not panicking.”

No, but you are making everybody else damn nervous.

Manager Don Mattingly said the Dodgers are considering a “bullpen” start, and after Carlos Frias’ disastrous fill-in for Hyun-Jin Ryu on Monday, you’d best take this very seriously.

That the Dodgers are having serious back-end rotation problems heading into the final week of the regular season while clinging to a two-game lead over the Giants, should come as a shock to absolutely no one. I cautioned against hanging too tightly to top prospects when this was a team that had the potential to win it all before the trade deadline, but for some completely unfathomable reason, upper management ignored me. When will they learn?

So now Ryu is down and the Dodgers are reduced to two reliable starters in Clayton Kershaw and Zach Greinke, one erratic one in Dan Haren, one awful one in Roberto Hernandez and that empty fifth spot.

And the solution is to cobble together a bullpen...

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Exactly as ugly as it sounds: Dodgers pounded by Rockies, 16-2

Ol' Blue Eyes had nothing on these Dodgers. Riding high in April, shot down in May? Try riding high Monday, shot down by Wednesday. That’s some serious maneuvering.

That’s life for the Dodgers at the moment. Feeling like they’re on the express lane one moment, a rocky dirt road the next.

They were feeling pretty good after taking the last two games in San Francisco over the weekend and then the opener in Colorado on Monday to push their division lead to four games.

Not so good Wednesday after dropping their second consecutive game to the worst team in baseball, this one an absolute 16-2 pounding by the Rockies at Coors Field.

The Dodgers’ biggest concern becomes this: Can they win the National League West and head confidently into the playoffs with only two reliable starting pitchers?

The Dodgers are badly missing sore-shouldered Hyun-Jin Ryu and it was never made clearer than Wednesday when his replacement, rookie Carlos Frias, made the wrong kind of history.

Frias became the first...

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Dodgers move triple-A to Oklahoma City, double-A to Tulsa

Teams do this a lot with their minor league teams, changing affiliations from one city to another. There are plenty of reasons, mostly economic, but whatever the main motivation, the news Wednesday that the Dodgers had their teams on the move again was mostly good.

The Dodgers are moving their triple-A franchise from Albuquerque to Oklahoma City, which is approximately 3,700 feet closer to sea level and statistics that can actually be trusted.

The Dodgers also announced their double-A affiliation was moving from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Tulsa, Okla., which means their two top teams will now be only approximately 100 miles apart.

The Oklahoma City Redhawks, owned by Mandalay Baseball, is actually being purchased by the Dodgers owners. This makes for an odd sliding over for Peter Guber, a partner in Mandalay, who is buying half the Redhawks while the rest of the Dodgers’ owners – including Guber – purchase the other half.

The Dodgers are scheduled to start playing in Oklahoma City next...

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Yasiel Puig ends homerless streak in Dodgers' loss to Rockies

Yasiel Puig is still waiting for his bubble party.

With the Dodgers trailing the Colorado Rockies by six runs, the bubble-dispensing machine in their dugout wasn’t turned on to celebrate Puig’s ninth-inning home run Tuesday night.

“It wasn’t necessary,” Puig said in Spanish.

The Dodgers lost the game, 10-4.

As far as the game was concerned, the two-run home run was inconsequential. But for Puig, it was significant. It was his first since July 31.

“It’s been a long time, not just hitting a home run, but hitting the ball solidly,” Puig said. “I’ve had a lot of groundouts and strikeouts. But I’m working hard. In these series that remain, I want to hit the ball like I did before. That’s what I’m working to do.”

The night wasn’t perfect for Puig. With two outs and the bases loaded, he struck out looking on a borderline pitch by Tommy Kahnle.

Puig put his hands on his hips and stared at home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn until first base coach Davey Lopes pointed him toward the dugout.

“It was...

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Dodgers crushed in 10-4 loss to Rockies

So it won’t be easy, or pretty, as the Dodgers try to wrap up the National League West.

Against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, there were missed scoring chances by the inning, some lousy baserunning, misbegotten throws, an error, a wild pitch and several umpire calls that went against them.

There was also a 10-4 loss at Coors Field, ending the Dodgers' three-game win streak and not making any headway on their magic number.

The Dodgers got their first home run from Yasiel Puig since July 31 (146 at-bats) and it all it did was cut the final margin by a pair of runs in the ninth.

The Dodgers continued their recent offensive output in terms of hits, they just couldn’t turn them into many runs. The Dodgers out hit the Rockies 16-9, but they were just three for 14 with runners in scoring position.

Things started going wrong in a hurry for the Dodgers. Right-hander Dan Haren started his own trouble by giving up a leadoff walk to Charlie Blackmon and single to Josh Rutledge in the first that...

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Hanley Ramirez scratched from Dodgers lineup with right elbow strain

Hanley Ramirez was scratched from the Dodgers lineup Tuesday because of what the team described as a strained right elbow.

Ramirez was replaced in the lineup by utilityman Justin Turner, who will bat sixth against the Colorado Rockies in the second game of a three-game series.

Ramirez was sidelined for two weeks in August with a strained side muscle. That was the only time he was on the disabled list this season, but he has dealt with numerous other physical ailments.

The former All-Star has sustained injuries to his left hand, right thumb, right ring finger, left calf, left hand (again), right shoulder, left wrist and left leg.

As a result, Ramirez has played in only 119 of the Dodgers’ 150 games.

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