ST. LOUIS — The
Fearful that shortstop
Ramirez "felt a lot better this morning," Manager
Ramirez injured his right shoulder Sunday against the
He was expected to get an MRI exam Monday in St. Louis, but with Ramirez feeling better, the Dodgers held off for at least 24 hours to see how the shoulder responded.
Another reason was that the dye used in the exam probably would have slightly exacerbated the injury.
"The dye, I think, is like three days off right away" in terms of delaying playing time, Mattingly said.
Ramirez had "a similar injury this winter in the Dominican; he was hitting within four days," Mattingly said. "He feels like this [injury] is less than that."
Ramirez has played a key role in the Dodgers' surge. He had hit safely in 13 of 15 games since the All-Star break, batting .313 (20 for 64) with three home runs, six doubles and 12 runs batted in.
The Dodgers recalled 25-year-old infielder Dee Gordon from triple-A Albuquerque and pitcher
"He was coming back before this happened," Mattingly said. "We were going to send Fife [down] today one way or the other. ... Dee was coming back."
Mattingly said the original plan for Gordon was "to pinch-hit, pinch-run" and be used "in different ways in double switches."
Now, with Ramirez out, Gordon will be the starting shortstop at times.
Gordon had played well lately in the minor leagues. He hit safely in his last 17 games and was batting .307. He had 44 stolen bases to lead the Pacific Coast League.
Newly signed relief pitcher