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RHP Jose Dominguez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left quad strain. Dominguez, 22, was called up June 29 and tallied a 2.16 ERA in 8 1/3 innings over nine appearances.

2B Mark Ellis has 10 hits in his last 20 at-bats to raise his batting average from .255 to .275. Ellis has a five-game hitting streak and has recorded multi-hit games in three consecutive contests. While the second baseman doesn't have much pop, he has always hit and has shown an ability to get on base. He can only benefit hitting in a healthy Dodgers lineup. "Up and down the lineup, guys are just having great at-bats," Ellis said. "They're not having a one-pitch rollover; they're making the pitcher work. Whether they get a hit or not, the guys are just putting good at-bats together."

SS Hanley Ramirez has been dominant since coming off the disabled list June 4 and appears to be back to his former self. Ramirez is batting a major-league-best .385 since being activated, and he is among the top 10 in nearly every offensive category. After some injury-plagued years with the Miami Marlins, Ramirez is providing the Dodgers with the type of production that made him one of the game's rising stars.

RHP Carlos Marmol had his contract selected from Double-A Chattanooga on Tuesday. He replaced RHP Jose Dominguez, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left quad strain. Marmol, whom the Dodgers acquired from the Chicago Cubs on July 2, allowed two runs in five games with one save between two minor-league levels before Los Angeles activated him. With the Cubs, Marmol was 2-4 with two saves, a 5.86 ERA and 1.70 WHIP. He was sent to the minors to work on his mechanics after the Dodgers acquired him, and he believes he was able to iron some things out. "I'm standing up straight, getting command of my fastball," Marmol said. "The slider is always there. Command of the fastball, I think. I'll be all right with the slider." Marmol, who has closing experience with the Cubs, is expected to be eased into high-leverage situations as the season goes on, but he didn't help his cause in his Dodgers debut on Tuesday against the Blue Jays. Marmol allowed three runs on four hits over 1 2/3 innings.

CF Matt Kemp (left ankle sprain) was held out of the lineup for the second consecutive game and is unlikely to play during the three-game set in Toronto. Kemp, who was injured Sunday against the Washington Nationals, has been receiving treatment and is optimistic he can avoid another stint on the disabled list. "It could be a week, it could be tomorrow (until) it feels good again," said Kemp, who has already been on the DL twice this season. "I won't know, just day to day. There's no special drink that makes the swelling go away. It takes time."

RHP Ricky Nolasco, who gets the ball for Wednesday's series finale against the Blue Jays, is 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA in three starts with the Dodgers since being acquired from the Marlins on July 6. Nolasco, who has a 3.00 ERA in one start vs. Toronto, will make his fourth interleague start of the season. He is 1-1 with a 2.79 ERA against the American League this year.

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