8/17/2014 4:16 P.M. ET
Hanley expected to return from DL when eligible
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is still expected to return from the disabled list after the minimum 15 days, manager Don Mattingly said on Sunday, adding that Ramirez is hitting at 90-percent effort as his strained right oblique has healed.
What position Ramirez returns to next Sunday is a bit of a mystery. He took ground balls at third base on Saturday as soon as third baseman Juan Uribe was placed on the disabled list with a pulled right hamstring.
The Dodgers have hoped Ramirez would make that move from short to third base willingly in the past, most recently when Uribe first injured his hamstring in May, but Ramirez hasn't. Mattingly wasn't ready to lean in that direction on Sunday, either.
"He took some balls in center field, too," Mattingly said of Ramirez. "I think he likes to make everybody raise their eyes. There's no real talk of that right now."
Ramirez is a free agent after the season and the Dodgers never gave him an extension because of uncertainty over his durability and defensive position.
While Ramirez has been out, Miguel Rojas has started most of the games at shortstop, with Darwin Barney starting on Sunday.
Beckett not ruling out return from injuries
LOS ANGELES -- Chances are very slim that Josh Beckett pitches again, but neither he nor the Dodgers are ready to say so.
Beckett has a torn labrum and cysts in his left hip and needs the kind of season-ending surgery Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki had on Friday. If that isn't bad enough, Beckett also tore an adductor muscle while trying to pitch through the injury. By itself, that's a month-long recovery.
He continues taking therapy in the long-shot chance that he can squeeze a little more out of his high-mileage body down the stretch should the Dodgers have an emergency.
"I have not heard that he's shut down the whole year," said manager Don Mattingly. "He's doing everything he can to have the opportunity to pitch again. If he has surgery, his season's over. It's not like he's got 10 more years and he can have surgery to get ready for Spring Training. It's a matter of if he's ready to progress forward or not."
Mattingly said if Beckett returns, it would be to start and not relieve.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.