Hanley Ramirez runs bases, could return to Dodgers next week.

Hanley RamirezHanley Ramirez ran the bases at Dodger Stadium for the first time since straining his left hamstring on May 3 and is close to going out on a rehabilitation assignment.

“As we get through Anaheim, we’re talking about him playing some games the next few days,” Mattingly said.

Ramirez wrote on his Instagram account last week that he would be “coming soon” to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

The rehab process has been a frustrating one for Ramirez, who was only able to play four games after recovering enough from a torn ligament in his right thumb before suffering the hamstring injury.

Ramirez said last week that he will announce his assignment in some capacity on Twitter. Assuming he plays Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it’s conceivable that Ramirez could be in a Dodger uniform next week when the team play a 10-game home stand against San Diego, Atlanta and Arizona.

Nick Punto is starting at shortstop Monday against the Angels following the demotion of Dee Gordon to Triple-A Albuquerque. Punto and Luis Cruz figure to get the lion’s share of the innings at shortstop until Ramirez returns.

Dodgers option Dee Gordon to Triple-A Albuquerque, activate Jerry Hairston Jr. from disabled list.

Dee Gordon

The Dodgers activated utility player Jerry Hairston Jr. from the disabled list Monday afternoon as expected. He’ll be in the starting lineup against the Angels, batting seventh and playing left field.

To make room for Hairston on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned shortstop Dee Gordon to Triple-A Albuquerque.

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Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke has a stiff neck, but unlikely to go on disabled list.

The Dodgers will have to make room for Jerry Hairston Jr. on the active roster tomorrow somehow.

Hairston played back to back games for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday and Saturday, and Don Mattingly wanted to give Hairston the day off Sunday, but he’s expected to come off the disabled list in time for Monday’s game against the Angels. Hairston was placed on the DL on May 6 with a strained left groin.

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