Shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who has played only four games this season for the Los Angeles Dodgers because of injuries, is expected to begin his minor league rehabilitation on Thursday in Bakersfield as a member of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
The Quakes are the Dodgers' High A California League club and open a four-game series against the Blaze on Thursday night at Sam Lynn Ballpark.
Barring a relapse, Ramirez is tentatively scheduled to play all four games in Bakersfield and then join the Dodgers on Monday for a home game vs. San Diego, according to a Tuesday story in the Los Angeles Times.
Ramirez suffered a broken thumb during the World Baseball Classic. After returning to the Dodgers from that injury, he suffered a hamstring injury on April 29 and has been on the disabled list.
Ramirez was 5-for-11 in the four games for Los Angeles with one home run, one stolen base, two doubles and an RBI. He had 24 homers, 92 RBIs and 21 steals for the Dodgers and Marlins in 2012.
Centennial High graduate and former Bakersfield College player Jarret Martin, a left-handed pitcher for the Quakes, is scheduled to be Rancho Cucamonga's starter on Thursday. He's 2-5 with a 4.15 ERA in nine starts for the Quakes.
Giants edge Blaze 2-1
Angel Villalona hit solo homers in the second and fourth innings Tuesday to lead the San Jose Giants to a 2-1 victory over the Blaze.
Giants starter Jason Forjet (1-0) allowed only one run in six innings.
Blaze starter Jonathan Moscot (1-7) allowed only those two HRs in six innings of work.
Kyle Waldrop's RBI single in the third inning scored Ryan Wright, who had doubled, for the Blaze's lone run.