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PHOENIX - LF Manny Ramirez is back on the disabled list, this time to rest his sore right hamstring.

The Dodgers placed their slugger on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, retroactive to Wednesday. He strained the hamstring in the first inning against the Giants on Tuesday.

He is eligible to return after the All-Star break.

"There's no reason to gamble this," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said, "especially with the fact that the three days of the All-Star break count."

It's Ramirez's second stint on the DL this season. He was sidelined from April 23-May 8 with a right calf strain. Ramirez is batting .322 with a .412 on-base percentage and a .525 slugging percentage in 59 games.

Torre said Ramirez would have preferred to stay on the active list until Monday to see if the hamstring improved at least enough for him to pinch hit. But after talking to team doctors, Torre decided that the wisest route would be to put him on the disabled list.

Torre said Ramirez is feeling better. "We maybe didn't have to (put him on the DL)," he said, "but the tradeoff of having him as a pinch hitter, we need to get him back because once the second half starts, we're not going to have a lot of time to nurse something. That's the important thing."

Ramirez was hurt when his right foot made contact with Giants SS Edgar Renteria's glove in a play at second base in the first inning. The Dodgers are 126-90 with Ramirez in the lineup since he joined the team on Aug.8, 2008. They are 42-37 without him.

The Dodgers recalled OF Xavier Paul from Triple-A Albuquerque for the third time this season. Paul, who hit .278 with five RBIs in his two previous appearances, was in the lineup Saturday night against the Diamondbacks.

A'S: LHP Dallas Braden, who this season pitched a perfect game against the Rays, went on the 15-day disabled list with elbow stiffness.

CARDINALS: RF Ryan Ludwick, whose .446 batting average with runners in scoring position leads the National League, went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf. OF Jon Jay was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to fill the roster spot.

INDIANS: RF Shin-Soo Choo was out of the lineup against the A's with a right thumb injury. He's expected to have an MRI exam this weekend.

METS: CF Carlos Beltran, out since Jan.13 arthroscopic surgery on his arthritic right knee, is expected to return to the lineup July 15, after the All-Star break, manager Jerry Manuel said. ... SS Jose Reyes remained out with a sore right oblique and said he didn't expect to play today.

ORIOLES: RH setup man Jim Johnson is still dealing with discomfort in his right elbow area and had to stop his throwing session prematurely.

PADRES: 1B Adrian Gonzalez was a late scratch against the Astros because of neck stiffness. ... RF Will Venable went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lower back. OF Aaron Cunningham was recalled from Triple-A Portland.

PHILLIES: INF Cody Ransom was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he had 16 homers in 82 games. INF Brian Bocock, who did not have an at-bat since being called up Tuesday, was designated for assignment.

TIGERS: 1B Miguel Cabrera was back in the starting lineup a day after he was scratched because of lower back tightness. ... RH reliever Ryan Perry, out since June 10 with tendinitis in his throwing shoulder, was recalled from Triple-A Toledo. RHP Casey Fien was optioned to Toledo.