7/1/2014 9:08 P.M. ET
Hanley better, still not in lineup
By Michael Lananna / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Another game, another absence for Hanley Ramirez. He was out of the starting lineup again on Tuesday with an injured left calf. The shortstop has started just one game during the Dodgers' current seven-game homestand, lasting only two innings on Saturday.
Ramirez did pinch-hit in the bottom of the seventh in Monday night's 1-0 win against the Indians. He was intentionally walked and advanced on Clint Robinson's single, but he was replaced by pinch-runner Carlos Triunfel at second base.
"He's better, still," manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday. "Obviously, we were able to use him last night. It will kind of be the same routine today. They'll work on him inside. He'll get loose as the day goes on. I expect to be able to use him in a similar."
Triunfel got the start at shortstop. Mattingly said he expects Ramirez will be back in the starting lineup before the All-Star break.
The Dodgers' last game of the first half is July 13 against the Padres at Dodger Stadium.
Rehab assignment looming for Crawford
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford could begin a rehab assignment as soon as this weekend.
The Dodgers have been without Crawford for 32 games, having placed him on the disabled May 28 with a sprain in his left ankle, which he rolled going after a fly ball near the warning track against the Reds at Dodger Stadium.
Originally looking like it could be a 15-day absence, Crawford suffered a setback at the team's training complex in Arizona, but manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Crawford is starting to head in the right direction.
"Carl's doing really well," Mattingly said. "Carl's been running the bases. He's been hitting outside. If everything continues on this path, I would say this weekend at some point he'll probably be playing in some games. He'll probably be going to [Triple-A] Albuquerque."
Crawford is batting .267 this season in 150 at-bats.
Dodgers' starters setting historic lows in walks
LOS ANGELES -- With Dan Haren's seven-inning, one-hit, one-walk performance in Monday night's 1-0 win over the Indians, the Dodgers' starting rotation extended its streak to 34 consecutive games with two walkers or fewer -- the longest single-season streak by any National League team since 1914.
It's the longest streak in the Major Leagues since the Twins posted a 36-game run in 2005.
"The lack of walks, obviously you're not giving anybody free bases," manager Don Mattingly said. "And you're not using five or six pitchers to get you there. You basically make guys earn their bases. That's kind of our way of saying you don't give away outs. You make everybody earn it."
Dodgers starters lead the Major Leagues with a 2.99 combined ERA.
• Utility man Chone Figgins was doing work on the field before Tuesday's game, but Mattingly said he's not close to returning from a left quad strain that put him on the disabled list June 14.
"He's still a ways away," Mattingly said. "That quad is an injury that's one of the bigger muscles in the leg, and he's going to be a little bit still."
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.