LOS ANGELES -- Injuries continue to hinder Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Though Ramirez hasn't been placed on the disabled list this season, he's missed 18 starts.
The Dodgers removed Ramirez from the game in the eighth inning Thursday night due to an arthritic right shoulder. Ramirez has also been bothered by a tight left calf and a right ring finger contusion in recent weeks.
Manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez had an injection in his AC joint Thursday night that relieved much of his discomfort. However, Ramirez was not in Friday's starting lineup, and Mattingly said he would look to rest Ramirez as much as possible before the All-Star break. Miguel Rojas started at shortstop in Ramirez's place.
"Right now, I foresee him staying active," Mattingly said. "[The injection] seemed to kind of relieve everything. He had one in Cincinnati, it didn't really do it. It didn't really hit the spot. This one seemed to do it."
Mattingly said there are no regrets as far as not placing Ramirez on the disabled list earlier. He said Ramirez, who is batting .275 with 11 home runs and 48 RBIs this season, has still been productive when on the field.
"He missed a lot of games last year, too," Mattingly said. "I think it's pretty much the same. When Hanley plays, he's dangerous. Our goal is keep him out there as much as possible."
Ethier resting for second consecutive night
LOS ANGELES -- For the second straight game Friday, Andre Ethier was not starting in center field -- despite the Dodgers once again facing a Padres right-hander.
Manager Don Mattingly said Ethier has dealt with soreness in various areas, particularly leg soreness. Scott Van Slyke started in Ethier's place for the second night in a row.
"He's had some leg issues and some other issues, so we're just trying to make sure, going into the break, we can get him out of that feeling good," Mattingly said.
"And on the backside of that, Scottie's played well, and he deserves his opportunities, too."
Van Slyke is hitting .273 with eight home runs in 121 at-bats this season, playing primarily against left-handed starters.
Ethier is hitting .250 with four home runs and 34 RBIs in 256 at-bats, but Mattingly said Ethier hasn't been at his best of late.
"I just think in general Dre just seems like he doesn't seem to have the same energy," he said. "I know he just hasn't felt good body-wise.
"It's just lots of little things, and one thing is usually a building block to another."
• Manager Don Mattingly said infielder Justin Turner, who was placed on the disabled list June 29 with a left hamstring strain, is taking swings against live pitching at the team's training facility in Arizona. Mattingly said he's hopeful the Dodgers will have Turner back soon after the All-Star break.
• The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation -- along with the LA84 Foundation and the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation -- will dedicate its 34th Dodgers Dreamfield at Ted Watkins Memorial Park on 11 a.m. PT Saturday. Dodgers players Adrian Gonzalez, Chris Perez, Miguel Rojas and Turner will be in attendance.
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.