During the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first series after the All-Star break, the team traveled to St. Louis for a three game set against the Cardinals. Over the course of the weekend, Cardinal pitchers managed to hit both Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez with pitches.

As a result, both were held out of the lineup as the Dodgers took on the Pittsburgh Pirates. With a key series against the San Francisco Giants coming over the weekend, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly expressed some optimism over his injured players’ return, according to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick:

Also from Gurnick, Mattingly also revealed Josh Beckett is still set to make his next start despite having a rough outing in his return Tuesday night:

Prior to being placed on the disabled list with a hip injury, Beckett was enjoying a comeback season that included pitching his first career no-hitter in May. During his start against the Pirates, Beckett seemingly felt some effects, allowing four runs in less than four innings of work.

As for Puig and Ramirez, the team had the two undergo x-ray examinations to see the severity of their hands. Fortunately for the Dodgers, the results came back negative and the two could see some action against the Giants.

Both the Dodgers and Giants remain entangled atop the NL West standings and are hoping to create some separation over the weekend. Thus far in the season, the Dodgers have struggled against the Giants having dropped seven of the ten games played between the two.

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