SAN DIEGO -- The
In the wake of a 10-inning, 2-1 loss to the
The Giants won their fifth consecutive game, 3-1 over the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Dodgers have 26 regular-season games left, the Giants 27. Six games will be against each other.
With no guarantee of a division title, the Dodgers remain in search of reinforcements.
Some of them will be players returning from injuries, such as
Others will come from the minor leagues starting Monday, when major league rosters can expand by as many as 15 players.
Help could also come from the outside, if the Dodgers can claim a player on waivers or trade for a player who has cleared waivers. For a player to eligible for postseason play, he would have to be in the organization by Sunday.
The Dodgers have already received some uplifting news.
Ramirez initially wasn't listed as a starter by Manager
"He obviously looked really good," Mattingly said. "Everything was easy."
That being the case, Mattingly rewrote his lineup and slotted Ramirez into the No. 2 spot. Yasiel Puig, who started the day in an 0-for-19 slump, was dropped to fifth in the order.
"I want to get Hanley the extra at-bat," Mattingly said.
Before Ramirez was removed from Friday's game, he was three for four with a home run and a double.
"I thought he looked good," Mattingly said. "I think it's the first time we've seen him with better timing since he's been back. To me, it looks like he's swinging better."
Others could also be returning, starting with Ryu, who has been sidelined by a strained buttock muscle.
Juan Uribe also could be activated Sunday. The third baseman went on the disabled list Aug. 16 because of a strained right hamstring.
If Uribe doesn't return Sunday, he'll be back Monday, when rosters expand. Delaying Uribe's comeback would spare the Dodgers from having to send
Whenever Uribe is activated, Mattingly said he will be the team's everyday third baseman.
Justin Turner, who before Saturday was batting .375 since the All-Star break, will return to a utility role. Mattingly said he wants to prevent Turner from wearing down.
The Dodgers will round out their roster with a handful of minor league players, among them triple-A outfielder Joc Pederson, who was the most valuable player of the Pacific Coast League.
Others who could be promoted include infielders Alex Guerrero, Erisbel Arruebarrena and