Injury Roll Call: Hanley exchanges places with Capuano, Ryu set for Friday, Elbert has setback

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Hanley Ramirez returned from the DL Tuesday, with Chris Capuano being placed on the 15-day disabled list in a corresponding move. Ramirez completed a rehab assignment that saw him play three games to complete his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Ramirez, who hasn’t played since suffering the injury on May 3rd, appeared in a pair of games for the Quakes over the weekend. Monday’s appearance in Rancho made it the shortstop’s third rehab appearance with the Dodgers’ affiliate, and you could tell.

Ramirez will provide a much-needed offensive boost to the club, especially considering the state of the left side of the infield.

Capuano’s injury is a strain of his left triceps muscle.

Capuano has a strain of the triceps muscle in his pitching arm. He said he suffered it during Wednesday night’s start as he tried to brace himself as he fell off the mound after reaching for a grounder. The arm tightened up a few pitches later, and he was removed after 5 1/3 innings.

“It’s not debilitating and it’s hard to say whether it would tighten out there. But we want to make sure,” he said. “I’d like to be able to say I’m 100 percent certain there won’t be a problem. The last thing I want is to put the team in position of using the bullpen, not without an off-day coming up. I don’t feel it’s serious, maybe only a couple of days.

“As a player, I want to be out there. But I don’t want to put the team in a bad spot. It’s a very, very hard line to walk, to know when you can push through or when you’re hurting the team by trying. It’s a tough spot that you hate to be in as a player.”

Sounds like this would be the minimum, but who knows?

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Hyun Jin Ryu was scratched from his last start due to a foot injury.

Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu tested his sore left foot in a rare bullpen session on Monday and the Dodgers expect him to start on Friday.

Ryu threw about 25 pitches during a light bullpen session and said his foot was progressing.

“It’s a lot better today,” Ryu said through interpreter Martin Kim. “I’m pretty confident I should make my next start.”

The Dodgers expect Ryu to take the mound on Friday against the Braves at Dodger Stadium.

It’s a relief the team didn’t let him pitch through it, considering their history of mishandling injuries.

In particular, Ryu’s stance on the matter is quite refreshing from a pro athlete.

In addition Ryu told reporters after the game, “Personally, I never want to take the mound and put my team in jeopardy. … I wouldn’t want to step out there unless I’m 100 percent,” per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.

Bravo, Ryu. Bravo.

He’s set for Friday’s start, presumably at 100%.

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Scott Elbert, on the mend from an elbow injury, felt pain in his left elbow and has been shut down. He now has a trip to team doctor Neal ElAttrache on the horizon.

Scott Elbert’s comeback to the Dodgers hit a snag and the left-handed reliever’s season could be in jeopardy. The Dodgers have shut down Elbert after he experienced elbow pain, and the left-hander will visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday.

Elbert was making progress in returning to the Dodgers in May. After roughly six weeks in extended spring training, he began a minor league rehab assignment on May 10 and pitched a total of eight games over 17 days between Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga.

“Scotty has been shut down. For how long I don’t know,” manager Don Mattingly said. “But we tried those two in a row, after that he hasn’t gone anywhere.”

Had Elbert returned, he would have given a nice boost to the pen. It could be his third surgery and fourth time with a major arm issue, so hopefully it’s not the end of his career or anything like that, a la Hong Chih Kuo.

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A.J. Ellis hit the DL due to an oblique injury.

To make room for Magill, starting catcher A.J. Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. Ellis, in a 2-for-19 slump over his last seven games, missed the last three games with the injury. Ellis is tied for eighth in MLB with 41 starts at catcher and his ninth with 364 innings behind the plate. In 2012 he finished fourth in both categories.

A starting battery of Ramon Hernandez and Tim Federowicz is wholly unappealing, particularly since Hernandez will likely see the bulk of the time behind the dish.

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Carl Crawford hit the DL with a hamstring injury.

When it rains it pours for the Dodgers. Carl Crawford left Saturday’s game with a left leg injury in the third inning against the Rockies at Coors Field.

Crawford hit a double to left field, his second two-bagger of the day in the third inning, but pulled up when running to second while grabbing his left leg. After meeting with trainers Crawford exited the game. The Dodgers later confirmed Crawford suffered a left hamstring cramp.

General manager Ned Colletti, on the Prime Ticket broadcast, said the injury looked like more of a cramp than a strain, and compared it to earlier in the season, when Crawford missed two games with a tight right hamstring. Colletti stressed he would know more after the game.

It has been a painful week for Crawford, who tweaked his back making a diving catch on Thursday in Anaheim then was held out of Friday’s lineup with soreness. Though Crawford did eventually make an appearance as a pinch runner on Friday.

It’s an epidemic at this point.

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Minor-league injury news is here, with the name of interest being righty Ralston Cash.

Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ralston Cash, RHP Kyle Cofield
Reinstated from DL: RHP Gustavo Gomez, C Eric Smith

Cash’s career has been injury-plagued up until this point, so hopefully this isn’t a recurrence of all that.

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