Dodgers activate Hanley Ramirez; Kershaw on bereavement list
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who's been sidelined since spring training after undergoing thumb surgery, has been activated from the disabled list.
To make room on the active roster, the Dodgers have also placed ace Clayton Kershaw on the bereavement list for what Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times terms "a personal matter." The move means that Kershaw will be deactivated for a minimum of three days and maximum of seven days. As Dilbeck notes, Kershaw right now is expected to start Friday against the Giants. This season, the 25-year-old lefty has pitched to a 1.73 ERA across six starts. At this writing, he leads the NL in innings.
As for Ramirez, the 29-year-old infielder owns a career batting line of .298/.371/.495 with 158 homers and 237 steals. Last season, Ramirez batted .271/.324/.450 for the Dodgers after being acquired in a trade from Miami.
Manager Don Mattingly has already indicated that Ramirez will man shortstop upon his return. In Ramirez's absence, Dodger shortstops this season have combined to hit just .177/.250/.238.