Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez missed his third straight start
with a shoulder injury but the team remained confident he wouldn’t
need to go on the 15-day disabled list.
Manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez was moving around better
Wednesday and might attempt to hit a ball off a tee. He said
Ramirez ”obviously” would not require a DL stay and hedged at his
availability against the Cardinals, opting for an NFL-type listing
of doubtful that meant he most likely would not play.
Mattingly said Ramirez, who tumbled into the stands making a
catch in foul territory on Sunday, had full range of motion. The
Dodgers opted against an MRI exam, Mattingly said, because a dye
injection necessary for contrast would have kept the player out at
least three days.
Nick Punto started the first two games at shortstop and Dee
Gordon started Wednesday.