Dodgers plan in case Manny lands on DL

Dodgers plan in case Manny lands on DL

SAN FRANCISCO -- Manny Ramirez was scheduled to have an MRI on Thursday in Arizona on his strained right hamstring, but manager Joe Torre on Wednesday met with general manager Ned Colletti in anticipation of placing the Dodgers left fielder on the disabled list.

"It doesn't seem too bad, but that doesn't mean potentially he won't be on the DL," Torre said. "It's below the hamstring where it normally would be a serious one. For certain, we'll have to do the conservative thing, since it's early on in the season."

Ramirez was injured Tuesday night running the bases. The 38-year-old had a history of hamstring problems in Boston, although Torre indicated this is a new injury. Earlier this season, Ramirez spent a stint on the disabled list with a strained right calf muscle.

"If we make a decision, we want to be ready to pull the trigger," said Torre, apparently meaning choosing a replacement from Triple-A Albuquerque. Xavier Paul replaced Ramirez earlier this year.

Ramirez's injury comes at a time when he was one of the hottest hitters in the lineup. Despite lacking the power that made him famous, Ramirez has a hit in 10 of his last 11 games and since June 13 is batting .460 (23-for-50). On the season, he has eight home runs and is on pace for only 17, which would be his lowest total for a full season. He also hit 17 his rookie season of 1994, when he played only 91 games in a season shortened by the work stoppage.

Garret Anderson started for the Dodgers in left field Wednesday.