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Ramirez lasts just four games before going back on DL

Hanley Ramirez strains his left hamstring Friday.

Hanley Ramirez strains his left hamstring Friday.

SAN FRANCISCO — The Dodgers put SS Hanley Ramirez on the DL with a strained left hamstring Saturday. Asked how long Ramirez might be out, manager Don Mattingly said, "a while."

Ramirez, who tore a right thumb ligament during the World Baseball Classic, made his season debut Monday. His latest injury came Friday, his fourth game, while running from first to third on a single.

But Ramirez said he is optimistic.

"I know what I'm feeling in there," he said. "It's better than (Friday) night, better than this morning. But there's still a lot of uncomfortable feeling in there. I was so excited to get back on the field, and this happened. But I'm going to keep working out. Nothing's going to stop me. It's going to make me stronger."

More Dodgers: 1B Adrian Gonzalez was a late scratch due to a sore neck and is day-to-day.

Cardinals ace eyes return

ST. LOUIS — Cardinals RHP Chris Carpenter, previously expected to be out for the year with a nerve injury that left his right arm numb, instead could return as a reliever, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The 2005 Cy Young winner has begun a throwing program and could be back in late June or early July.

"I'm … optimistic and excited about him contributing," GM John Mozeliak said.

St. Louis' bullpen entered Saturday with a 5.67 ERA, worst in the majors. RHP Jason Motte, who had 42 saves in 2012, needs elbow ligament replacement (Tommy John) surgery and is out for the season.

A's: OF Chris Young went on the DL with a strained left quad sustained Monday.

Braves: C Brian McCann, out all season after surgery on his right shoulder, is expected to come off the DL on Monday. The last hurdle will be catching all of today's Triple-A game.

Indians: RF/DH Nick Swisher returned after missing three games with a sore left shoulder. … RH reliever Vinnie Pestano was unavailable with what manager Terry Francona called a "cranky" right elbow. The team will wait a few days to determine if he needs to go on the DL.

Nationals: CF Denard Span sat a day after fouling a ball off his right foot. He is day-to-day.

Orioles: 1B Chris Davis was diagnosed with right knee tendinitis and hopes to return Tuesday. He was hurt Friday while running out a grounder.

Rangers: LF David Murphy sat with a stomach virus and is day-to-day. … RHP Colby Lewis, out since July's surgery for a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow, pitched two innings in an extended spring training game in Arizona. Texas said he likely will start a rehab stint Thursday at Triple A.

Ramirez lasts just four games before going back on DL 05/04/13 [Last modified: Saturday, May 4, 2013 10:56pm]
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