Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez watches his fly ball that drove in… (Rob Carr / Getty Images )
Here is your up-to-the-minute Dodgers injury report, though keep in mind it is the Dodgers, so it could change before this hits the Web -- or even before I complete the next sentence.
-- Mark Ellis (strained quad Friday): Still taking it day by day and hasn’t been placed on the disabled list. They’re going with the “cautiously optimistic” routine another day.
Ellis said he can do everything but run, though he is doing that in a pool.
“I can swing the bat,” Ellis said. “I can throw fine. It’s just running, scoring from second on a base hit, going first to third, something like that, is what I’m going to have to get over. It’s still kind of day to day. But I’m really optimistic at this point.”
He never did have an MRI exam, but a roster spot decision on him could depend upon another …
-- Hanley Ramirez (thumb surgery): Manager Don Mattingly said reports were good on Ramirez’ first rehab start for Rancho Cucamonga and he is scheduled to make another Sunday. He went 1-for-3 with two RBI Saturday.
Beyond that, the Dodgers will take the wait-and-see approach, though Mattingly was no longer dismissing the possibility Ramirez could join the Dodgers on Monday.
“The biggest thing is medical saying he’s OK to go,” Mattingly said. “He made some throws last night and he had no problems. His footwork was good. His at-bats were good.”
Rancho is off Monday, so if Ramirez continues his rehab assignment he would join triple-A Albuquerque and likely remain with the Isotopes for a couple of days. The Dodgers open a three-game series at home Monday against the Colorado Rockies.
-- Adrian Gonzalez (right thigh infection): He returned from the hospital Saturday to join the team and enter the game in the seventh inning. He is back in the lineup Sunday.
Gonzalez said the only reason he did not start Saturday was because the second antibiotic drip given him through an IV took an hour and a half and made him late to the game.
“I could have played with it,” he said. “We were just trying to be proactive.”
Gonzalez said he had a more severe leg infection while playing for triple-A Oklahoma, putting him on the disabled list for the only time in his career.
Meanwhile, in a minor upset, no starting pitchers were added to the disabled list Sunday.