"When I was a kid I used to be sick all the time," Ramirez said Saturday. "They used to put a lot of needles in my body, so I just got afraid."
"That's one of the reasons that nerve has been feeling better. We do a lot of acupuncture," said Ramirez, who repeatedly praised the Dodgers' medical staff. "Before I got here I didn't know about acupuncture, didn't know about a lot of stuff. Everything that I've been able to do this year on the field, it's because of the trainers."
And Ramirez has certainly gotten to know the trainers since joining the Dodgers in a trade with the
An exam traced the problem to the nerve in his back, which Ramirez said will force him to sit out a couple of more games. He hopes to return to the lineup during the series in Arizona that starts Monday.
Saturday's updates on the other injured Dodgers, outfielders
Ethier came out of Friday's game because of an ankle problem that Manager
Kemp continues to rehabilitate at the Dodgers' training facility in Arizona, where he hit against live pitching and ran the bases Saturday. Kemp will probably rejoin the team Monday in Phoenix.
With the Dodgers running short of healthy outfielders, the team called up
Castellanos, who appeared in four games with the Dodgers this season, batted .257 with 19 home runs in Albuquerque and Buss, who has yet to play in the majors, batted .303 with 17 home runs and a league-high 101 runs batted in.
To make room for Buss on the 40-man roster, pitcher Jose Dominguez was transferred to the 60-day DL because of a left quadriceps strain.
Left-hander Chris Capuano has had a setback in his effort to get back on the mound, experiencing some pain in his strained left groin at the end of a 30-pitch bullpen session Friday.
"The last couple felt like it wasn't quite 100%," said Capuano, who was throwing off a mound for the first time since taking himself out of his last start nine days ago.
Mattingly said there is no schedule for when Capuano will next try to throw off a mound.