Injury Roll Call: Get well soon to Hanley, Puig hurts outfield grass, Kemp limps toward recovery

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Hanley Ramirez injured his right shoulder as he fell into the stands at Wrigley Field on Sunday.

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez appeared to hurt his right shoulder as he went into the stands making a catch in the seventh inning on Sunday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Ramirez, the Dodgers’ best hitter this season and in many ways the key cog in their ascent to the top of the National League West, left the game immediately.

The Dodgers announced after the game that Ramirez has a jammed right shoulder and that he’d be evaluated again on Monday.

The Dodgers have passed on an MRI for now, although I expect them to play it safe and have Hanley get one at some point.

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Yasiel Puig injured his thumb in Saturday’s game against the Chicago Cubs.

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, wearing a soft wrist brace, downplayed the severity of a contusion near the base of his left thumb that forced him out of the Dodgers’ 3-0 win over the Cubs on Saturday.

Puig said he suffered a similar injury to the same spot while playing earlier this year at Double-A Chattanooga, missing 10 games, but said, “This feels better.”

No X-rays were taken, Puig said, and the swelling “isn’t much.”

“I’ll see how I feel before [Sunday's] game, take some swings, decide then,” he said of playing Sunday.

Manager Don Mattingly said he believed the injury was not serious.

Puig sat out Sunday’s game but returned to the lineup on Monday. So in reality he probably injured the outfield grass.

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Matt Kemp has begun playing catch and will resume further baseball activities next week should he suffer no setbacks. The Bison is still in a walking boot as he battles an injured ankle.

Kemp, still wearing a restrictive walking boot most of the time, resumed playing catch with medical director Stan Conte and, barring another setback, will resume other baseball activities next week when the team is in St. Louis.

But Kemp tried to play catch earlier this week and had to be shut down because of continued discomfort in the ankle, which he injured sliding into home plate on July 21 after making a baserunning mistake.

“I just think it was a lot worse than we were hoping, when we thought it would just be a couple of days,” said manager Don Mattingly, who initially was told the injury didn’t appear to be severe. “He got it pretty good.”

The club would be wise to play it safe with their $160 million man.

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Stephen Fife was activated from the DL and made one start before being optioned to AAA.

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Minor-league injury news.

Placed On 7-day DL: RHP James Campbell, 1B O’Koyea Dickson
Reinstated From DL: RHP Luis Meza, OF Devin Shines

No standout names on the injury report this time around.

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