The Dodgers have won 38 of 46 games in large part to Adrian Gonzalez being a constant threat in the middle of the lineup, but the health of Hanley Ramirez allowed them to hit their stride.
Ramirez battled shoulder and hamstring injuries this season with the former keeping him sidelined for the past week or so. Injured on a fly ball to shallow left at Wrigley Field, the Dodgers have won seven of eight in his absence.
However, after going through fielding drills and bating practice, Don Mattingly said Ramirez is ready according to David Vassegh of AM 570 Radio:
Don Mattingly said Ramirez will start tomorrow
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) August 13, 2013
Nick Punto and Dee Gordon have started in his absence, but getting Ramirez back into the middle of the lineup before a road trip to the east coast will be beneficial.
Ramirez is hitting .359 with 11 home runs and 37 RBIs as he’s been slotted in the number four hole since his return and hopefully his timing won’t be too thrown off.
Other injured Dodgers include Matt Kemp and now Andre Ethier, who was scratched from the lineup tonight with left calf tightness. With a 7.5 game lead in the NL West, the Dodgers can now look towards chasing the Braves for the best record in the National League.