7/2/2014 9:00 P.M. ET
Trio looking for final All-Star Game voting boost
By Michael Lananna / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- The final stretch is nearing, and the Dodgers still have a couple of All-Star hopefuls.
Yasiel Puig, Dee Gordon and Adrian Gonzalez are the Dodgers' best chances to earn starts in the 2014 All-Star Game in Minnesota. All three have slipped in the fan vote -- Puig is still a projected starter with his third-place standing in the outfield vote -- but there could be enough time to secure an All-Star appearance for one or more.
From Puig playing with puppies and being scheduled to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday night to Chone Figgins' "Vote for Dee" T-shirt, there has been plenty of campaigning as voting nears its end.
Puig has a .314 batting average and a .401 on-base percentage, Gordon leads the Major Leagues with 40 stolen bases and nine triples and Gonzalez leads the Dodgers with 14 home runs and has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Puig, Uribe, A-Gon out of Dodgers' lineup
LOS ANGELES -- Right fielder Yasiel Puig, third baseman Juan Uribe and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez were all out of the starting lineup during the Dodgers' 5-4 loss to the Indians on Wednesday, with Scott Van Slyke, Miguel Rojas and Clint Robinson starting at their respective positions.
Catcher A.J. Ellis batted second for the first time this season after being out of the starting lineup on Tuesday.
"I'm just trying to spread it out a little bit," manager Don Mattingly said before the game. "Obviously, I felt like there were a number of guys today who needed a day. They've been going pretty hard. A.J. down there really splits the bottom and lengthens the bottom."
Mattingly had been planning on giving Uribe, who came off of the disabled list June 26 with a right hamstring strain, time off between starts. He said Gonzalez is dealing with a neck injury but could've been available to start Wednesday, if needed. As for Puig, Mattingly said an off-day was overdue.
"It's just a day," Mattingly said. "He's been looking tired, really, to me. There's a number of guys who need them.
"It's just one of those days, 12 o'clock game. It's hard to keep firing guys out there."
All three players did manage to enter Wednesday's game. Uribe came in as a defensive replacement, Puig batted for starter Hyun-Jin Ryu in the seventh and Gonzalez hit for reliever J.P. Howell in the eighth.
Decision on Hanley, DL coming soon
LOS ANGELES -- With Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez continuing to battle various ailments, a stint on the disabled list could be forthcoming.
"I think tomorrow's our drop-dead day as we get into Colorado," manager Don Mattingly said. "We'd like him to be ready to go after the All-Star Game."
Ramirez was not in the starting lineup again in Wednesday's 5-4 loss, but he did pinch-hit for catcher A.J. Ellis in the ninth inning and ended up reaching on a walk. He's started just once in the last nine games -- on Saturday against St. Louis -- and he lasted just two innings in that game before tweaking his left calf.
Ramirez has dealt with an arthritic right shoulder, a right ring finger contusion and left calf tightness, and though he's been available as a pinch-hitter in the last three games, Mattingly said that might not be enough to keep him off of the disabled list.
"We'd like to get him totally healthy, that's the main thing," Mattingly said. "We don't want to DL anybody, and we're obviously better with Hanley. But we also want him healthy."
• The Dodgers have agreed to a $205,000 deal with infielder Felix Osorio of the Dominican Republic.
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.