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Ramirez (elbow) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Cubs, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.

Ramirez missed the last two games with a right elbow strain, but his absence Wednesday seemed more precautionary than anything. With no soreness reemerging overnight, Ramirez will slot back in at shortstop and attempt to help the Dodgers close in on a playoff berth.

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Ramirez (elbow) won't need an MRI and could return as early as Thursday's game against the Cubs, the Dodgers' official site reports.

Manager Don Mattingly said that Ramirez was "going in the right direction" Wednesday, but that he was still day-to-day. The Dodgers appear to be playing it safe here, though with their lead over the Giants down to two games, they could look to push him back in there sooner rather than later.

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Ramirez (elbow) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies.

Ramirez wasn't expected to play Wednesday after being scratched Tuesday with an elbow strain, and now that has been confirmed. He's still considered day-to-day at this point, but it's unclear how severe the strain is at this point. Miguel Rojas will start at shortstop in his place and bat eighth for the Dodgers.

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Manager Don Mattingly was not optimistic that Ramirez (elbow) would be able to start Wednesday's game, AM 570's David Vassegh reports.

Ramirez was a late scratch Tuesday with an elbow strain. He felt something on a throw Monday night, but didn't think it would be an issue until he arrived at the park Tuesday. The good news is that the only issue with Ramirez's health is his ability to throw, so theoretically it shouldn't affect his bat when he is able to return. While he isn't expected to play Wednesday, he's still day-to-day and could return to the lineup by the weekend.

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Ramirez has been scratched from the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday with a right elbow strain, SB Nation's Eric Stephen reports.

This injury popped up out of the blue, so it will be interesting to see how many games he misses with the ailment. Justin Turner will start at shortstop Tuesday, and Ramirez should be considered day-to-day for now.

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Ramirez went 4-for-5 with a run, two RBI Monday in a win over the Padres.

Ramirez has seven hits over his last four games, which is a good omen for those in the fantasy playoffs. It's been a tough year for the 30-year-old, who has battled numerous upper and lower body injuries (leg currently). Ramirez is slashing .270/.357/.438 on the year with 13 home runs and 13 stolen bases.

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Ramirez (leg) is now in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Padres, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

Manager Don Mattingly left Ramirez out of his initial lineup, but apparently the 30-year-old showed enough during pregame warmups to warrant inclusion. Ramirez fell to his knees and grabbed at his leg after a single in the sixth inning of Friday's game, but the tightness did not prevent him from hitting a home run in the eighth.

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Ramirez (leg) is out of the lineup Saturday against the Padres.

While rounding first base on sixth-inning single Friday, Ramirez's leg tightened up and he dropped to his knees after getting back to the bag. A visit from the trainer and manager Don Mattingly ensued, but Ramirez stayed in the game and even hit a homer in the eighth inning. He was clearly hobbled as he went around the bases, however, leading to his removal in the bottom of the frame. Miguel Rojas will draw the start at short in his absence Saturday, but a DL stint seems unlikely with rosters set to expand Monday.

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Ramirez went 3-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI as he hit his 13th homer of the season against the Padres on Friday.

The Dodgers' shortstop provided the bulk of the offense for them, while Padres' pitching kept things in check. Since being activated from a recent D.L. trip, Ramirez only had one hit in 12 at-bats before his big night on Friday. Ramirez (.276/.363/.457) will continue to be a top-of-the-order hitter for the Dodgers as they fight towards a division title.

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Ramirez (upper body) was activated from the 15-day disabled list and is in the lineup Sunday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Ramirez has returned to the lineup, as expected, at shortstop Sunday. He will bat sixth for the Dodgers, and will likely knock Miguel Rojas out of the everyday lineup.