7/4/2014 2:39 A.M. ET
Hanley returns to lineup against Rockies
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
DENVER -- The Hanley Ramirez saga took a positive turn on Thursday, when his calf and shoulder passed on-field tests and he was returned to the Dodgers' starting lineup at shortstop for the opener of a four-game series with the Rockies, going 0-for-2 with two walks.
Ramirez has been nursing calf and shoulder ailments, but has somehow stayed off the disabled list, being used sporadically as a pinch-hitter. Manager Don Mattingly, who has flip-flopped on the likelihood of Ramirez being placed on the disabled list, watched the workout and said he was convinced Ramirez was healthy enough to play and get to the All-Star break.
"I feel he can run 100 percent," said Mattingly. "I don't think he's playing three-quarters. We're not afraid he's going to get hurt. The fact he can run changes things, because we don't have to pinch-run for him and use two players. He feels really good. He ran pretty good."
Mattingly said Ramirez probably wouldn't play all four games in Denver, and added that a two-game series in Detroit that follows was a factor in the decision because Ramirez can be the designated hitter in those games.
Ramirez, in the final year of his contract, said he's happy he hasn't been on the disabled list after two visits last year and predicted that he will finish strong after hitting .271 coming into Thursday's game and missing 16 starts because of various ailments.
"My numbers at the end of the year are going to be there," Ramirez said. "It's all about winning and winning and winning. They want me to take it easy. I can't do it. It's just the way I play the game."
Ramirez has 11 home runs and 46 RBIs, the same production as likely All-Star Yasiel Puig. But he said expectations are high.
"That's my fault. That's my fault," Ramirez said. "I should be hitting .700 with 40 homers and 200 RBIs. I just work hard every day to get better. That's all I can do."
Tulo to talk Home Run Derby with Puig
DENVER -- All-Star captain Troy Tulowitzki told reporters he would talk to Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig about participating in the All-Star Home Run Derby, even though Puig hasn't hit a home run since May 28 (125 at-bats), entering Thursday's game at Coors Field.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked if he was surprised Puig has been kept in the ballpark for so long.
"I'm a little surprised at that, but to me, he doesn't really look like a home-run guy," Mattingly said. "He has home-run power. But he's more a line-drive hitter."
Mattingly said the lack of home runs from Puig doesn't bother him.
"I look at how he's swinging the bat," Mattingly said. "To me, the Cardinals frustrated him a little. He hit some balls in Kansas City that could have been home runs anywhere else. Young guys get frustrated and start changing stuff. For me, he needs to stay in the middle of the field and he's better."
Dodgers recall Arruebarrena, Triunfel to Triple-A
DENVER -- Infielder Carlos Triunfel's rough game Wednesday, and a minor injury to the throwing hand of Miguel Rojas, led the Dodgers to recall Cuban infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena on Thursday and return Triunfel to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Rojas was replaced at third base in the seventh inning on Wednesday by Juan Uribe. He said the fingernail split when a first-inning grounder by Jason Kipnis hit it. It was hit again by a Yan Gomes grounder in the sixth inning that led to his error. The finger went numb when Rojas singled off the end of the bat in the bottom of the sixth.
Triunfel had a defensive meltdown in the game. He was charged with one error, dropped a potential double-play relay and wasn't ready for a throw from the outfield during Cleveland's winning eighth-inning rally. Triunfel was claimed off waivers from Seattle earlier this year.
Arruebarrena spent two weeks with the Dodgers earlier this season, but was returned to Albuquerque after playing in only six games because the team didn't want him getting limited playing time. He was signed for five years and $25 million this Spring and hit .357 in 20 games for Albuquerque.
Dodgers sign six international free agents
DENVER -- The Dodgers confirmed six international signings effective Wednesday, headed by 16-year-old Venezuelan outfielder Romer Cuadrado for a reported $750,000.
The club also signed three teenagers from the Dominican Republic: 16-year-old outfielder Johan Calderon, 17-year-old outfielder Felix Osorio and 17-year-old shortstop Jefrey Souffront, as well as 17-year-old left-handed pitcher Leonardo Crawford from Nicaragua and 16-year-old first baseman Eric Meza from Mexico.
Also, right-handed pitcher Kameron Uter of Pace Academy, the 12th-round selection from last month's First-Year Player Draft, signed. The club has signed its top 18 picks and 31 of its 40 selections. That includes top pick Grant Holmes, who struck out five in two scoreless innings in his pro debut for the Rookie Level Arizona Dodgers on Wednesday.
• Reliever Scott Elbert continued his injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday night, throwing one perfect inning with two strikeouts. Elbert is expected to pitch again on Friday night, working back-to-back games for the first time since returning from three elbow operations.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.