Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) out

CINCINNATI - Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez received a cortisone injection in his right shoulder Wednesday night and is unavailable for at least the next two games, manager Don Mattingly said Thursday.

Ramirez is dealing with inflammation in the A.C. joint. The team is hoping Ramirez can avoid the disabled list, but Matt Kemp had a similar injury last season and, days after receiving the cortisone injection, went on the DL.

"Hanley came in today feeling much better, so there's actually been a lot of success with those shots," Mattingly said.

Before Thursday's game, Mattingly told reporters Ramirez was available to pinch hit and the Dodgers had occasions in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings of their 4-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds to use him, but he never budged from the bench. Mattingly admitted after the game he was deceiving reporters to keep the Reds in the dark about Ramirez's availability.