8/10/2013 1:48 A.M. ET
Loney excited to play at old stomping grounds
By Austin Laymance / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- James Loney called Dodger Stadium home for nearly seven seasons, and Friday was the first time the Rays' first baseman returned to the ballpark since he was traded last August.
The Dodgers drafted Loney out of high school in the first round of the 2002 Draft, and he came up through their farm system before making his Major League debut with the club in 2006.
Loney went to the postseason three times with the Dodgers but was traded to the Red Sox last season in the deal that brought Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to Los Angeles.
Regardless, Loney was excited Friday to be back at Chavez Ravine.
"I remember my first game here and stuff like that," said Loney, still getting acclimated to the visitor's clubhouse. "It's crazy how long ago that was. I'm just taking it all in. I'm happy to be playing back here. It's going to be fun."
Loney finished the 2012 season with the Red Sox, and then signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Rays. He struggled offensively during his final year with the Dodgers, but he has enjoyed greater success in his first year with Tampa Bay and entered Friday hitting .307 with 10 home runs and 51 RBIs.
"I'm getting to play, being myself, having fun and relaxing," said Loney, who still keeps in touch with some of his former Dodgers teammates.
Loney was a popular player during his time in Los Angeles but said he wasn't sure what kind of reaction he would get from the crowd.
After the top of the first inning, the Dodgers showed a clip of Loney's grand slam in Game 1 of the 2008 National League Division Series against the Cubs, and the crowd cheered.
"I haven't found many people who don't like James," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
Hanley returns to action as pinch-hitter
LOS ANGELES -- Hanley Ramirez was held out of the Dodgers' lineup Friday for a fifth straight game, the result of a jammed right shoulder, but was able to pinch-hit in the seventh inning.
Ramirez struck out swinging against Rays starter David Price with a runner on third and the Dodgers trailing, 6-1, to end the seventh. But it was a positive sign for the Dodgers because it was Ramirez's first action since Sunday.
Ramirez said he planned to hit in the cage before Friday's game to see how his shoulder felt. He hit off a tee at full speed Thursday in St. Louis and played catch in the outfield at Dodger Stadium on Friday afternoon.
"We're just happy right now he's feeling a lot better," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "He's feeling good, but we want to be careful and make sure that he's ready."
Ramirez injured his shoulder when caught a popup and fell into the stands Sunday at Wrigley Field. The Dodgers have no plans for the shortstop to undergo an MRI exam on the shoulder.
Nick Punto started at shortstop Friday.
Kemp unsure of time needed for ailing ankle
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp said Friday he doesn't know when he will be able to return from a sprained left ankle that has kept him on the disabled list for nearly three weeks.
"I have no time limit," Kemp said. "I don't know when I'm going to be ready. I just know when my leg feels good, I will know when I'm ready. The sooner the better."
Kemp did some light jogging on the field at Dodger Stadium on Friday afternoon for the first time since he injured his ankle in an awkward slide at the plate July 21 in Washington. But he still had a noticeable limp and retreated to the clubhouse after a brief workout.
Kemp started taking batting practice earlier this week and has been playing catch. But he has not been cleared to run.
"It's an ankle injury, ankles are tricky," Kemp said. "We'll see how it goes, every day is different."
Kemp has been limited to 62 games this season. He previously spent time on the disabled list with hamstring and shoulder issues.
"It's been tough," Kemp said. "But I'm proud of the boys, they have been playing good and hopefully I'll come back stronger than ever and join in on this fun they're having."
Wilson perfect in second rehab outing for Dodgers
LOS ANGELES -- Brian Wilson pitched a perfect inning of relief with Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday in his second Minor League rehab appearance since signing with the Dodgers.
Wilson entered in the seventh inning, made seven pitches and induced two outs on the ground. The right-hander had tossed a 1-2-3 inning with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wilson would make a few appearances in Triple-A before he's activated from the disabled list. The Dodgers want to see how his surgically repaired elbow responds to pitching three out of four days and on consecutive days.
"We want him to be ready and he wants to be ready," Mattingly said. "He doesn't want to come up here and not pitch well. We want him to be ready to pitch. We're trying to get him ready."
The Dodgers signed Wilson, 31, as a free agent on July 30. The former Giants closer has not pitched in the Major Leagues since he had Tommy John surgery in April 2012.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.