Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier rest with injuries.

Scott Van Slyke is in center field and Miguel Rojas is starting at shortstop against rookie right-hander Jesse Hahn when the Dodgers host the San Diego Padres tonight at Dodger Stadium.

Though manager Don Mattingly isn’t exactly hoping this becomes a trend, it might be too late. Van Slyke has started three of the last five games in center field over Andre Ethier, and four of the last eight. Typically the starter against a left-handed opponent, Van Slyke is starting for the second straight night against a righty.

“In general Dre just seems like he doesn’t have the same energy. He hasn’t felt good body-wise,” Mattingly said. “There’s lots of little things. One thing usually is the building block to another and to compensate, you’ve got another issue. It’s really just trying to get that stuff kind of resolved.”

As for shortstop Hanley Ramirez, he’s started only one of the last five games at shortstop because of inflammation in the A/C joint in his right shoulder. He’s only played one complete game at shortstop since June 16 — he was the Dodgers’ designated hitter once in Kansas City and twice in Detroit in the meantime.

Rookie Miguel Rojas is starting at shortstop for the fourth time in the last five games.

“Hanley got a (cortisone) shot after the game last night,” Mattingly said. “As the game went on he got more and more sore. Stan (Conte) decided to give him a shot. He felt like it really kind of relieved everything right away.

“He had one in Cincinnati that didn’t really do it. It didn’t hit the spot. This one seemed to hit it. Pretty encouraged by that. We’ll see if it’s a day or two, see if we can be able to use him or not as the game goes on.”

Ethier sounds like the more likely of the two players to make an appearance late in tonight’s game.

“We’ll try not to use him,” Mattingly said of Ramirez, “and I’m not sure if he’s going to be available but we’ll see as the game goes on.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.