LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is expected to return to the starting lineup Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium after being limited to one pinch-hitting appearance since Aug. 4 because of a sore right shoulder.
Ramirez was ready to play Tuesday, but Dodgers head athletic trainer Stan Conte urged manager Don Mattingly to wait until Wednesday's series finale against the Mets.
"Stan basically said he would be able to play today," Mattingly said before Tuesday night's game. "It sounds like he's going to be ready to go tomorrow."
The Dodgers are off Thursday, which will provide an opportunity to gauge how Ramirez's shoulder responds.
Ramirez is available to pinch-hit Tuesday. He pinch-hit Friday against the Rays, his only action since he chased a popup into the stands at Wrigley Field.
For the third straight day on Tuesday, Ramirez slugged home runs in batting practice, fielded ground balls and threw from shortstop to first base.
"I feel like there are no issues at this point," Mattingly said.
Wilson records four outs in rehab appearance
LOS ANGELES -- Brian Wilson fired 1 1/3 scoreless innings in a rehab outing with Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday night, as the reliever moves closer to joining the Dodgers.
Wilson entered with two out in the seventh inning and retired the first batter he faced on a comebacker. The right-hander returned for the eighth and allowed the first hit of his rehab assignment in a scoreless inning. Wilson threw 21 pitches.
The Dodgers scrapped their plans to have Wilson pitch consecutive days, instead choosing to see how Wilson's surgically repaired right elbow responded to pitching in multiple innings.
Wilson could join the Dodgers as soon as this week. He's tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings in Triple-A, as well a perfect inning last week with Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
"He's been doing good. I think everybody is happy," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday. "I think we're going in the right direction."
The Dodgers signed Wilson, 31, as a free agent on July 30. The former Giants closer has not pitched in the Major Leagues since he had Tommy John surgery in April 2012. The Dodgers plan for Wilson to set up closer Kenley Jansen.
Mattingly said he has not met Wilson, though they have exchanged text messages.
"He told me he was working on his hitting," Mattingly said, half-joking.
Ethier sits with lingering sore left calf
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier sat out Tuesday night's 4-2 win against the Mets because of tightness in his left calf.
Ethier came to Dodger Stadium, but was bothered by the calf and was sent to be examined by head team physician Neal ElAttrache and Dr. John Itamura. He has been dealing with a calf issue since he was hit by a pitch against the Cubs on Aug. 4 in Chicago.
"I'm all right," Ethier said. "I'll see how it feels tomorrow. It was just getting more sore and was still bruised."
Mattingly said Ethier was not available to pinch-hit Tuesday.
Ethier has been the club's most durable outfielder this season, playing 114 games. He is third on the team with 41 RBIs.
Skip Schumaker started in center field and went 0-for-3 in place of Ethier.
• Matt Kemp, on the disabled list with a left ankle sprain, took early batting practice on the field at Dodger Stadium Tuesday for the third straight day. Kemp also did some light agility work indoors, Mattingly said, but has not been cleared to run full speed.
• The Dodgers sent Minor League pitcher Miguel Sulbaran to the Twins on Tuesday to complete the July 31 trade for catcher Drew Butera.
Sulbaran, 19, was 6-4 with a 3.01 ERA in 23 games (16 starts) with Class A Great Lakes this season. The left-hander had 85 strikeouts against 27 walks in 92 2/3 innings.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.