In what should be a pleasant change for the Los Angeles Dodgers, they appear to be two days away from reinstating a player from the disabled list rather than adding a name to it.

Hanley Ramirez, who has been on the DL with an oblique strain since Aug. 9, is expected to return Sunday, the first day he’s eligible, reports Steve Dilbeck of the LA Times:

With Hanley, it’s just a matter of him continuing baseball work, basically continuing running and different things like that,” said Manager Don Mattingly. “I feel like he’s going to be ready to go Sunday, without any kind of setback.”

Ramirez has spent this week completing pre-game workouts, one of which included the 30 year old fielding grounders at third base. While a move to third base is generally believed to be in the card for Ramirez in the near future, manager Don Mattingly said that change wouldn’t come this season.

The oblique strain was the latest in a list of injuries that have slowed the shortstop this season. Ramirez has played in 100 games and is hitting .277 with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs.

The level of production received out of Ramirez this season has not nearly come close to what he provided the Dodgers with upon returning from injury in 2013. Ramirez is set to become a free agent following the season and a byproduct of his injuries is contract negotiations have been temporarily been put on hold.

Without Ramirez in the lineup, the Dodgers have turned to more defensive-minded players in Erisbel Arruebarrena, Miguel Rojas and to a lesser extent, Darwin Barney. While they’ve improved defensively with one of the three at shortstop, none of the players present the same offensive threat Ramirez does.

Should Ramirez return on Sunday, he’ll have approximately four weeks to erase the frustrating results the 2014 season has thus far come with.
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