That could be significant. Or not.
Considering it's the Dodgers who are involved, it's impossible to tell.
In the hours following Alex Guerrero's in-game altercation with triple-A teammate
As it turned out, Guerrero had a significant piece of his ear bitten off and is now expected to be sidelined for more than a month.
That was far from an isolated incident.
From the back muscle injury that landed
It's entirely possible Ramirez could return to the lineup Sunday for the Dodgers' series finale at
"I don't know," Manager
Mattingly is the team's designated spokesman on medical issues. He acknowledged Ramirez was unavailable to pinch hit, but offered few other details.
"I'm not sure exactly of the full situation, other than that his calf was sore," Mattingly said.
Mattingly said Ramirez first felt something in his calf Thursday, when the Dodgers faced the
That was the day the Dodgers called up shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena from double-A Chattanooga. Arruebarrena has started at shortstop in place of Ramirez in the last two games.
Ramirez didn't play Friday on what was said at the time to be a scheduled day off. He took batting practice Saturday.
"I don't know if it's just a little tightness or cramp," Mattingly said. "I think it was something about the push-off. I'm hoping he'll be available tomorrow. We'll just have to see."
Ramirez was unavailable for comment. By the time reporters were allowed in the clubhouse after the game, he had departed.
Whatever the truth, Ramirez hasn't looked this year the way he did last year. His defensive range has diminished. The Dodgers' No. 3 hitter, he is batting .250 with seven home runs and 24 runs batted in.
Aside from his calf problem, Ramirez has lingering shoulder and back issues for which he continues to receive treatment. He injured his thumb April 26.
Even though Arruebarrena is considered an upgrade over Ramirez as a fielder, the Dodgers continued to be plagued by defensive problems Saturday.
With one out and one on in the first inning,
Ellis blamed himself.
"I just missed it," Ellis said. "Just a bad defensive play by me. I put our team in a bad spot. You can't give a team extra outs, you can't give a Hall of Fame-caliber hitter an extra swing."
As for the Dodgers' second error, the team said the umpires were responsible.
Haren fielded a dribbler by
Revere scored on a groundout by