Ethier had tightness in his left calf, the result of being hit by a pitch nine days earlier, and the outfielder was sent to a doctor, Manager
"It's been awhile and it's gotten worse; all of a sudden it got worse," Mattingly said. "He's been having some trouble with it."
Ethier was hit Aug. 4 by
Ramirez was set to resume playing after bruising his right shoulder in the same series at Wrigley Field. The shortstop suffered the injury when he fell into the stands while catching a foul ball.
Mattingly said he expected to start Ramirez in Wednesday's game against the
The Dodgers are off Thursday before opening a seven-game trip Friday in Philadelphia.
Mattingly said the plan with Ramirez was to "play one day, get a day off" and then "see how it went. I feel like he's ready."
Playing in place of Ramirez, utility player Nick Punto has enjoyed a sizzling August at the plate.
Punto began Tuesday's game batting .476 (10 for 21) this month with one home run, six runs batted in and five walks. He hit a two-run double in the fifth inning to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead over the Mets.
"I'm still the backup here," said Punto, who was acquired from the
Manny Ramirez was released from his minor league contract by the Texas Rangers, perhaps the last stop in a distinguished yet tarnished career.
Ramirez, 41, was batting .259 at triple-A Round Rock, with three home runs in 30 games.
The Rangers acquired outfielder
Ramirez last played in the major leagues April 6, 2011, for the
The Dodgers acquired Ramirez in mid-2008. He hit .396 with 17 home runs in 53 games, propelling the Dodgers to their first
The Dodgers re-signed him to a two-year, $45-million contract, but he tested positive for a banned substance and served a 50-game suspension in 2009.
"Just a great career," Mattingly said about Ramirez. "Just a talent. I loved watching him play."