Ramirez had grabbed a bat and was prepared to pinch-hit in the ninth inning of Friday's game. But he never got the chance -- the Dodgers lost 3-1 to the Cardinals.
"He's gotten to the point where he's good enough to hit," Mattingly said before Saturday's game. "It really changes things as long as have him as a pinch-hitter. At that point, you have another player. You're not playing short."
Ken Gurnickis a reporter for MLB.com.Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.