Hanley Ramirez could appear as a pinch-hitter as soon as this weekend, but Brian Wilson is likely to be activated by the Dodgers before Matt Kemp.
Ramirez, who jammed his shoulder last Sunday, took batting practice at Dodger Stadium on Friday. He said "maybe" to the possibility of starting Saturday.
"Hanley is pretty optimistic, but he hasn't thrown yet," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said.
However, Mattingly said the Dodgers no longer are worried that Ramirez might require a stint on the disabled list. In the initial days after the injury, Mattingly conceded Friday, he was concerned that the DL would be inevitable and was simply hoping for the minimum 15 days.
"I'd have been happy with that," Mattingly said.
Wilson, the former San Francisco Giants closer, pitched one scoreless inning for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday and is set to pitch for triple-A Albuquerque on Friday. Mattingly said he expects Wilson to spend about a week with Albuquerque before joining the Dodgers.