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Hanley Ramirez slated to return to Dodgers' lineup Wednesday

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

The scene on Aug. 4, when Hanley Ramirez jammed his right shoulder.
The scene on Aug. 4, when Hanley Ramirez jammed his right shoulder. (USATSI)

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After tumbling into the Wrigley Field stands on Aug. 4, Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has only gotten one at-bat -- a pinch-hit strikeout Friday -- but still avoided the disabled list with his shoulder injury.

If everything goes as planned Wednesday, he'll be back in the starting lineup.

Initially, the plan was for Ramirez to sit out Wednesday and use Thursday's day off for additional rest before returning Friday, but plans have changed.

“That kind of gets away with what we talked about that after Wednesday, wait until Friday,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said (latimes.com). “But I think Stan [Conte, vice president of medical services] was more of a play one day, get a day off, make sure we can evaluate after he's been through that and see how it went.”

Ramirez, 29, has dealt with thumb, hamstring and shoulder issues this season, but when he's been on the field he's been a monster. He's hitting .359/.410/.641 with 17 doubles, two triples, 11 homers and 37 RBI in 55 games.

 
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