8/12/2013 12:43 A.M. ET
Schumaker credits wife's advice for turnaround
By Ken Gurnick and Austin Laymance / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Five weeks into Skip Schumaker's first season as a member of the Dodgers, and with him holding a batting average of .119, someone helped him get back to the player the club thought it had acquired.
"I talked to my wife, [Lindsey]," Schumaker said after going 4-for-4 in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Rays. "She told me to settle down and believe in myself and stop pressing. I was pressing and panicking because of all I had done to get here. It hasn't been easy for me."
Schumaker came to the Dodgers last December in a trade for Minor League shortstop Jake Lemmerman after six seasons with the Cardinals. The Dodgers needed someone to back up at center field and second base, a perfect fit for Schumaker's versatile skill set and .288 career batting average.
Having grown up in nearby Orange County, Schumaker thought it would be a perfect fit, too. Then he opened the season 0-for-7 and 2-for-21. But since May 3, he is hitting .307, raising his average to a season-high .276.
"I'm much more relaxed. Just talking to her helped me settle in," said Schumaker. "You know, you come here and you don't really know anybody, they don't know what you can do, and you try to prove yourself and show you're good enough to be part of a winning team.
"That's why it's been absolutely gratifying to be able to bounce back from the way I started, and I just want to continue to do that."
Kemp's latest test of healing ankle goes well
LOS ANGELES -- Outfielder Matt Kemp tested his sprained left ankle on Sunday, shagging balls in center field and taking early batting practice on the field at Dodger Stadium.
It was the first time Kemp had tracked fly balls and fielded grounders since he injured his ankle in an awkward slide at home plate on June 21 in Washington, and he moved well.
Kemp sprayed the ball to all fields during a few rounds of BP as manager Don Mattingly and hitting coach Mark McGwire watched. Kemp, on the disabled list for the third time this season, has been hitting since Wednesday.
"It was good," Mattingly said. "Matt is going in the right direction for us. He's getting closer to playing."
Kemp also worked out in the weight room on Sunday and did some light running indoors, but he has yet to run at full speed.
"We've still got to get to him stopping at full speed, cutting at full speed," Mattingly said. "He's running stairs and making turns. I don't know if any of that is full speed yet, but we're moving in the right direction."
Hanley prepared to play through discomfort
LOS ANGELES -- Hanley Ramirez said on Sunday night that he won't rule out a return to the lineup sooner than later, maybe as soon as Monday.
"Possibly," Ramirez said after the Dodgers' 8-2 win, saying he had no stiffness or discomfort in his jammed right shoulder hours after being put through the most strenuous workout since he sustained the injury a week earlier falling into the stands at Wrigley Field. "It's good right now."
Before Sunday's game, Ramirez slugged home runs in batting practice and threw repeatedly from shortstop to first base, offering a more cautionary opinion of his recovery.
"I still feel it a little bit," said Ramirez. "They want me to get it 100 percent. I don't want to aggravate it."
Ramirez is prepared to play with some discomfort the rest of the season if need be, as he still "feels it" when batting because of his long extension. He threw relatively firmly, not firing or lobbing.
"I hope it's not something I have to deal with the rest of the season," he said. "If it is, I've done it before, a couple of times this season. Those are things you can't control.
"I just worry if I keep feeling it every time I throw the ball. I don't know. If I have to play like that, I'll play."
This is Ramirez's third significant injury this year, following a torn thumb ligament that required surgery and a strained hamstring. He said it's a little easier watching from the bench when the team wins; the Dodgers have gone 5-1 since he sustained this latest injury. He struck out pinch-hitting on Friday night in his only appearance during that stretch.
"We keep winning, and it makes it an easy decision," he said. "The game we lost in St. Louis worried me. After that we won four in a row doing what we've been doing all year, picking each other up."
Adrian OK after exiting game with dizziness
LOS ANGELES -- First baseman Adrian Gonzalez felt dizzy during the top of the eighth inning on Sunday night and was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the frame.
"It was a good situation to not try to push it," Gonzalez said after the Dodgers won, 8-2. "The doctors checked me out, and everything is fine."
Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs before being removed. During the three-game sweep of the Rays, he had two doubles, one home run and five RBIs. He leads the team with 16 homers and 74 RBIs.
"He got a little lightheaded," said manager Don Mattingly. "Hopefully, it's nothing. I don't think it's anything at all."
Jerry Hairston Jr. pinch-hit for Gonzalez and played first in the ninth.
Wallach looks back on hidden-ball trick
LOS ANGELES -- What was third-base coach Tim Wallach doing while the Rays were maneuvering to erase Juan Uribe at third base with the hidden-ball trick on Saturday?
He was telling Uribe to stay on the bag, having seen Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar flip the ball to Evan Longoria at third base.
While he was listening, Uribe shifted his weight just enough for his foot to come off the bag, and Longoria slapped the tag for the out.
"I didn't make it clear enough," said Wallach, himself an All-Star third baseman.
Wilson throws another perfect frame in Minors
LOS ANGELES -- Reliever Brian Wilson tossed another perfect inning during a Minor League rehab appearance with Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday.
Wilson entered in the seventh inning and needed 11 pitches to get a popup, a groundout and a strikeout. The right-hander has made three appearances between Class A Rancho Cucamonga and Triple-A, and retired the side in order each time.
Wilson is scheduled to make another appearance on Tuesday and is eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday, but the club wants to see how his surgically repaired elbow responds to pitching on consecutive days.
If all goes well, he could join the Dodgers during their seven-game road trip, which begins on Friday.
"I want him to be comfortable when he comes up," manager Don Mattingly said on Sunday. "We want him to be ready and want him to feel like he's 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 undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2012.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.