Hanley Ramirez returns, Dodgers option Erisbel Arruebarrena to Rancho Cucamonga.

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

Hanley Ramirez was in the Dodgers’ starting lineup Sunday for the first time since he strained a right oblique muscle August 8 in Milwaukee. Ramirez was batting fourth then, and has batted either second, third or fourth every time he’s been in the lineup this year.

Why is he batting fifth today?

“I wanted to let Hanley get back into the flow,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s been a little bit of time. He doesn’t really have a history with (New York Mets starter Bartolo) Colon. Matt’s got a little history.”

Dee Gordon is leading off, Yasiel Puig is batting second, Adrian Gonzalez is third and Matt Kemp fourth — the same order Mattingly has used in 10 of the 13 games since Ramirez was placed on the disabled list.

“We’re not really going to try to be that cautious,” Mattingly said. “We’re going to play him. We’re not going to run him into the ground. If he’s not feeling good we’re going to give him a break. With the days off coming, just kind of play it by ear. Play one, got one off. Play two, got another one off. Then we’ve got six in a row. Unless we’ve got something going on, he should be fairly rested.”
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Hyun-Jin Ryu is on a submaximal throwing program.

Hyun-Jin Ryu played catch with Juan Uribe prior to the Dodgers’ game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. Two days ago, he played catch with head athletic trainer Stan Conte. The pitcher appears to be making progress in his “submaximal throwing program,” as Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called it, while recovering from a strained right gluteus medius.

“Timetable-wise, I don’t think we have that, but the fact that he’s throwing and feeling good — Stan said the day before the catch was fairly firm,” Mattingly said. “Assuming it’s continuing to progress. Right now, feel pretty good about it.

Ryu isn’t able to run yet, Mattingly said. He’s eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on August 29.

Hanley Ramirez’s stubbornness is on track to relegate Miguel Rojas to the bench.

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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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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.

Why the Chase Headley trade could be gold for Juan Uribe.

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Juan Uribe leads all National League third basemen in UZR and dWAR after the trade that sent Chase Headley to the New York Yankees. (Getty Images)

Nolan Arenado missed a month of the season with a fractured middle finger.

Chase Headley is a New York Yankee.

Suddenly, Juan Uribe has a very real chance of winning his first career Gold Glove award.
A look at where Uribe ranks in the National League:
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Juan Uribe returns to the field in Single-A rehab assignment.

Juan UribeJuan Uribe played six defensive innings at third base for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga as planned on Friday. Uribe went 0-for-3 at the plate, grounding out, grounding in to a double play and popping out in his three plate appearances.

The 35-year-old is currently on the Dodgers’ disabled list with a strained hamstring. He went 2 for 4 as the Quakes’ designated hitter Thursday.

Juan Uribe collects two hits in first rehab game. (Video)

Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe went 2 for 4 with a double in his first rehab game with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Thursday night. Uribe, on the disabled list since May 21 with a strained hamstring, served as the designated hitter and batted second.

Here’s a short video of Uribe’s four at-bats:

Uribe is expected to be in the lineup again tonight when the Quakes host the Inland Empire 66ers at 7 p.m.

Yasiel Puig still leading National League outfielders on all-star ballot; Adrian Gonzalez slips to second.

MLB provided an updated all-star ballot tally Sunday, and Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig still leads the pack with 1,942,701 votes. Andrew McCutchen (1,727,534) and Giancarlo Stanton (1,659,430) are second and third, respectively.

Adrian Gonzalez (1,049,222) fell behind Paul Goldschmidt (1,291,052) in voting among National League first basemen. No other Dodgers are among the top three vote-getters at their position.

Juan Uribe dropped out of the top five among National League third basemen. Hanley Ramirez remains fourth among shortstops with 667,162 — well behind Troy Tulowitzki, whose 2.6 million votes lead all National League players. Dee Gordon slipped to third among second baseman with 898,226, possibly past the point of catching leader Chase Utley (1,678,843).

Voting ends at 8:59 pm on July 3, 2014.

Juan Uribe expected back this week.

Third baseman Juan Uribe could be back in the Dodgers’ lineup later this week.

“Some point this week we’re hoping, but his body’s going to tell us,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “His confidence is going to tell us when he’s going to be able to play. We’re hoping more be able to get out and play games some point this week. We’ve been this long. Might as well make sure that he’s as safe as you can be when you come back and ready to go.”

Uribe, on the 15-day disabled list since May 21 with a strained hamstring, has been running on the field throughout the weekend.

Reserve third baseman Jamie Romak is getting his first career major-league start against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Justin Turner scratched with tightness in calf.

Dodgers infielder Justin Turner isn’t starting today because he has tightness in one of his calves, manager Don Mattingly said. The injury is not considered serious. Chone Figgins is starting at third base in Turner’s place.

Turner took ground balls at third base prior to the game, moving laterally at less than full intensity.

Since taking over for the injured Juan Uribe as the Dodgers’ everyday third baseman, Turner has a .349/.406/.540 slash line.