Ramirez took infield and batting practice for the second consecutive day Monday, and Manager
There's no way Ramirez should start Tuesday. Let him have the extra time. The Dodgers have a day off Thursday, so Mattingly said that if he doesn't start Ramirez on Tuesday, it's likely Ramirez will have Wednesday off too.
Ramirez jammed his right shoulder Aug. 4 when he spilled over the short left-field wall at Chicago's
But Ramirez admitted the shoulder is still sore when he swings and throws. So give him as much time as possible.
The Dodgers haven’t had the best of luck with shoulder injuries (see: Matt Kemp) and Ramirez had surgery on his other shoulder. The Dodgers have a 7½-game lead in the
The Dodgers can afford to be extra cautious. They have to be quietly thinking about the postseason. And that's when Ramirez really will be needed, not for a three-game series in mid-August in Philadelphia.
"I'm trying to stay away from him as much as I can, as long as I can," Mattingly said. "But when he's healthy, he's going to play."
Mattingly said he will leave it up to the medical staff and to Ramirez to determine the shortstop's return. When Ramirez injured his hamstring in June, the Dodgers could barely hold him back. He kept telling them he was ready to go until they relented.