Carlos Frias postgame interview.

Pitching his fifth major-league game Sunday, 24-year-old right-hander Carlos Frias gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, Carlos Gomez, then retired the next 12 Milwaukee Brewers in order.

“That was the first time I’d seen him relax and take a breath, let the ball work,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “After he gives up the home run to Carlos, I talked to him between innings. I wanted to challenge him that he was in a nothing-nothing game and pitch. I wanted to see him pitch. We saw three innings of zeroes where he used the sinker, used the ball down where he should be. When kids come up, everything’s hard-hard-hard-hard-hard, instead of pitch. These guys can hit.

“You can’t just keep firing these balls in waist-high. If you’re a sinker-ball pitcher, you’ve got to sink the ball, you’ve got to change speeds a little bit. The last three innings were real good.”

Frias gave one interview after the game (to and it was in Spanish. Hat tip to Daniel Arreola for the translation:
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Hanley Ramirez’s stubbornness is on track to relegate Miguel Rojas to the bench.

Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle. (Getty Images)

Hanley Ramirez turned a few heads Saturday by taking ground balls at third base before the Dodgers’ game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

That was the point, manager Don Mattingly said Sunday.

“I think he likes making everybody raise their eyes and making me answer questions,” Mattingly said.

Question: will Ramirez be a third baseman once he’s activated from the 15-day disabled list?

“No real talk of that,” Mattingly said.

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Prospect Jesmuel Valentin traded to Philadelphia Phillies.

A day late on this, but: The Dodgers sent infielder Jesmuel Valentin to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday as one of two players to be named (or cash considerations) in the August 7 trade for Roberto Hernandez.

Valentin, 20, was batting .282 with seven home runs and 47 RBI in 107 games with Single-A Great Lakes in his third professional season after being selected by the Dodgers with the 51st overall pick in the supplemental round in the 2012 draft. On Friday, Valentin went 3 for 4 with a home run; he had a .300/.355/.471 slash line in his final 28 days in the Dodgers’ organization.

Valentin is the son of former major-league player Jose Valentin.

Hernandez has gone 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts with the Dodgers since the trade.

Josh Beckett isn’t likely to have hip surgery until the Dodgers’ season is over.

Josh Beckett

Josh Beckett has missed 23 games and counting with a left hip ailment. (David Crane/Staff photographer)

Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett didn’t provide an update on his health Sunday morning, probably because the reality is bleak and blunt: The longer he goes without being able to throw off a mound, the less likely he is to pitch in a game this season.

There are exactly six weeks left in the regular season as of today, and there’s still no timetable for Beckett to begin throwing.

“He was doing some water workouts,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “That’s what I have.”
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Stan Kasten on Bud Selig’s ability to build consensus.

I’m working on a story about Rob Manfred, the commissioner-elect of Major League Baseball. Team president Stan Kasten, speaking on the topic of Bud Selig’s ability to build consensus, had a fantastic quote that might not make the story but needs to be transcribed: “In the history of this world, maybe ever, there will never be anyone like Bud Selig. He is number one and there is no number two. Let’s put it in that context.”

Juan Uribe leaves game with tightness in his right hamstring.

Juan Uribe was removed in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday with tightness in his right hamstring.

The team said that Uribe was removed for precautionary reasons and is day-to-day. Justin Turner took over for Uribe at third base.

In three plate appearances Friday, Uribe went 1 for 3 with a single. He flied out in his final at-bat just before exiting the dugout with head athletic trainer Stan Conte.

Uribe missed 34 games in May and June with a strained right hamstring.

Hyun-Jin Ryu on DL; Pedro Baez is up again and Kevin Correia starts Tuesday.

Hyun-Jin Ryu injury

Dodgers head athletic trainer Stan Conte talks to injured starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) as catcher A.J. Ellis looks on at left, in the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. Ryu was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday. (Associated Press photo)

The Dodgers placed Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 15-day disabled list Friday (retroactive to Thursday) after an MRI revealed a Grade 1-2 strain of the gluteus medius and piriformis muscles of his right posterior hip area. These are muscles that help stabilize the hip and leg during the throwing motion.

Ryu, who was walking with a noticeable limp Friday, will be re-evaluated in a few days to determine his progress.

“It’s very unfortunate,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “You feel regret that you didn’t take care of yourself better. You wonder what you could have done.”

There is no official timetable for Ryu’s recovery, but the pitcher said he expects to return before the end of the regular season.

“No doubt about it,” he said.

Kevin Correia will take Ryu’s start Tuesday against the San Diego Padres, and presumably five days later on August 23 against the New York Mets. Correia scattered four hits and one run over six innings in his Dodgers debut Monday in Atlanta. He was acquired from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later or cash on August 9.

Ryu is 13-6 with a 3.28 earned-run average in 23 starts for the Dodgers this season.

Pedro Baez will take Correia’s spot in the Dodgers’ bullpen. He was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday to take Ryu’s spot on the active roster.