Ramirez misses 3rd straight start

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.