Injury Roll Call: Hanley & Kemp crawl towards recovery, A-Gon’s fine, minors injuries

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Hanley Ramirez is likely to avoid the DL, according to Don Mattingly, but recovery is coming along slowly.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that Hanley Ramirez is likely to avoid a stint on the disabled list as he recovers from the jammed right shoulder he suffered Saturday.

Ramirez was expected to resume some baseball activity — likely hitting off a tee — Wednesday and there are still no plans to perform an MRI on his shoulder, which would keep him out a few more days because the dye injected to enhance the image would increase swelling in his shoulder. Mattingly is hopeful Ramirez will be available at least in a pinch-hitting capacity when the team returns to Los Angeles to face the Rays this weekend.

“Hanley just keeps getting better and we’re feeling a lot more confident that it’s not going to be a DL [situation],” Mattingly said. “We’re just hoping sooner than later.”

Mattingly expected HanRam to make an appearance during the Rays series, and he did just that, pinch-hitting on Friday.

Manager Don Mattingly was asked if he was confident that Ramirez, who has missed four games since jamming his right shoulder on Sunday at Wrigley Field, would make an appearance during the weekend series against the Rays.

“Yeah, definitely,” Mattingly said.

Hanley took ground balls on Sunday, another step in his recovery and return process.

The Dodgers will have a better indication on Hanley Ramirez and his progression from a sore right shoulder on Sunday, when the shortstop plans to throw and field ground balls.

“I’m not sure how much closer he is,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said on Saturday. “We’ll probably find out tomorrow, get back out on the field and he’ll be able to throw and take ground balls.”

Mattingly said Ramirez felt “a little bit” of discomfort in his shoulder after playing catch Friday but remains confident the shortstop is not headed to the disabled list for a third time this season.

“We’ll be careful with him,” the manager said. “I wouldn’t have used him if I thought this was a DL situation. I don’t think it is.”

Really, really hope this doesn’t turn into a situation where they have to DL him after all this.

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Matt Kemp took batting practice for the first time since injuring his ankle.

Matt Kemp took another step toward a return Wednesday, taking batting practice for the first time in his rehab from a sprained left ankle, but the most significant obstacle to his recovery remains.

While eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, Kemp has yet to begin running on his ankle.

“It felt good to get back out there and hit a little bit,” Kemp said. “I felt like a real baseball player. It’s been tough. Play a little bit, don’t play, out for a while, come back. You know, it’s a start. It’s better than where I was.”

Kemp said the swelling is nearly gone, but couldn’t provide a timetable for his return.

“I can’t give you too much because I know just about the same as ya’ll,” he said. “My body is the person that’s going to tell me whenever I’m ready to start running.”

Kemp then started running on the ankle, though there’s still no firm timetable.

Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp ran in the outfield at Dodger Stadium on Friday before their game against the Rays, as he continues to progress from his left ankle sprain. Manager Don Mattingly estimated that Kemp could return inside of two weeks, though Kemp sounded more cautious.

“I don’t have a timeline. I’ll know when my leg feels good,” Kemp said. “Hopefully it’s sooner rather than later.”

“I know he was running in the weight room and doing a lot of agility stuff,” Mattingly said. “He looked a lot better today. He’s going in the right direction.”

Speaking of going in the right direction, he took fly balls and grounders yesterday.

Outfielder Matt Kemp tested his sprained left ankle on Sunday, shagging balls in center field and taking early batting practice on the field at Dodger Stadium.

It was the first time Kemp had tracked fly balls and fielded grounders since he injured his ankle in an awkward slide at home plate on June 21 in Washington, and he moved well.

Kemp seems to be taking a more conservative approach to his recovery than Mattingly, which isn’t shocking considering Donnie thinks everybody’s going to return soon and avoid the DL.

A return for Matt before September would shock me.

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Adrian Gonzalez left Sunday’s game due to feeling lightheaded while on the bench.

First baseman Adrian Gonzalez was removed for a pinch hitter in the eighth inning, after feeling lightheaded on the bench. Mattingly said Gonzalez just needed to eat something and both Mattingly and Gonzalez expect the first baseman back in the starting lineup on Monday night.

Doesn’t sound like anything major.

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Minor-league injury news.

Placed On 7-day DL: RHP Jharel Cotton, RHP Arismendy Ozoria, C Damaso Espino, OF Robbie Garvey
Reinstated From DL: RHP Alan Garcia, OF Ryan Mount

Jharel Cotton is the name to note, as he’s had a good 2013 starting and relieving at three different levels.

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