8/24/2014 10:28 P.M. ET
Hanley back from DL; Arruebarrena optioned
By Michael Lananna / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- As planned, the Dodgers reinstated shortstop Hanley Ramirez from the disabled list on Sunday -- his first day of eligibility -- and inserted him into the starting lineup.
Ramirez, who missed 14 games with a right oblique strain, batted fifth and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Sunday's 11-3 loss to the Mets.
"It's going to be good to have him back in there, obviously," manager Don Mattingly said. "It changes the lineup from the standpoint of the length of it and the number of guys you have to go through just to navigate it."
The Dodgers optioned infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena to Class A Rancho Cucamonga to make room for Ramirez on the 25-man roster.
Mattingly said it was between Arruebarrena and infielder Miguel Rojas as far as who would get optioned. Third baseman Juan Uribe's absence, Mattingly said, was the determining factor. Uribe has been on the DL since Aug. 16 with a right hamstring strain.
"Erisbel's played a little bit of third base. He hasn't played a lot, and we're probably more comfortable with Rojas at third if he has to play there," Mattingly said. "We don't want to kill Justin [Turner]."
Arruebarrena will rejoin the team when rosters expand in September, Mattingly said.
As for Ramirez, Mattingly said there are no restrictions on him going forward. The shortstop has dealt with a litany of injuries this season, including an arthritic right shoulder and a tight calf.
"We're not going to try to be that cautious," Mattingly said. "We're just going to play him. Obviously, we're not going to run him into the ground. If there's something going on or he's not feeling good, we'll give him a break."
Greinke feeling good day after seven-inning start
LOS ANGELES -- How right-hander Zack Greinke felt Saturday night -- after getting pushed back two days due to elbow soreness -- wasn't a concern for the Dodgers. It was the next day that worried manager Don Mattingly.
After throwing seven innings in Saturday's 7-4 win, it looks as though Greinke passed the next-day test.
"He said he felt good," Mattingly said Sunday. "He came out of that pretty well, so at this point we'll kind of start moving forward, making some plans on what we're going to do with the rotation."
With an off-day Monday and Thursday this week, the Dodgers have some flexibility with their rotation. Roberto Hernandez and Clayton Kershaw are scheduled to pitch Tuesday and Wednesday in Arizona, respectively. But after that is to be determined, Mattingly said.
How those starters line up could depend on the status of left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (right hip strain), who is eligible to come off of the disabled list on Friday.
"We're not exactly sure what Hyun-Jin's going to do," Mattingly said. "Hyun-Jin's going to throw a bullpen Tuesday, so he's doing well. But we're not sure where he's going to slot in."
Mattingly said the six September games with the second-place Giants could also have some impact on how he arranges his staff.
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.