Loney joins growing list of ailing Dodgers

Loney joins growing list of ailing Dodgers

ST. LOUIS -- First baseman James Loney was a late scratch from the Dodgers' lineup on Sunday, joining Manny Ramirez and Russell Martin on the bench to nurse an injury.

Loney was nearly fully recovered from the left hamstring cramp he suffered while popping up in the ninth inning on Saturday. But with the Busch Stadium field taking a morning drenching from a summer storm, manager Joe Torre scratched the first baseman from the lineup.

"Everything is fine. He's just not 100 percent and I don't want him slipping out there," said Torre. "It's still a little tender where it tightened up and I don't want to take any chances if he has to stretch for a throw."

After Sunday's game, Torre said Loney was still tender and he was not sure he would start on Monday. A dehydrated Loney received an IV after Saturday's game.

Torre already had decided not to start Ramirez (tight right calf) and Martin (sore left thumb) for a second consecutive game. Martin is likely to return Monday, but Torre said Ramirez isn't expected back until the middle of the week, but he has continued to improve and the disabled list was not likely.

"Russ is available," said Torre before Sunday's finale with the Cardinals. "He came to me and wanted to catch today. With [Vicente] Padilla's sinker, that's not a good idea. He's playable today.

"Manny is about the same as yesterday."

Martin had been quietly nursing the sore thumb for two weeks, but was removed from Friday night's game after Torre noticed him wince on a swing. Ramirez came out of that game in the first inning with an injury similar to one that put him on the disabled list in April.

Torre also gave Casey Blake (1-for-12 in the series) the day off, so the lineup included rookies Xavier Paul in left field and A.J. Ellis catching, with Ronnie Belliard at first base and Jamey Carroll at third.