PHOENIX -- Three weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez had his cast removed Friday and reported feeling pain-free, along with having a better range of motion than he expected.
"It feels awesome," Ramirez said. "I'm definitely happy with it right now, the ligament has gotten a lot stronger already."
The Dodgers originally planned to be without Ramirez for eight weeks after the injury, but given how well the 29-year-old feels, there is reason to believe he could be back sooner than anticipated.
"It's not going to feel 100 percent right away, but I'm happy," he said. "I have to give a lot of credit to the doctors."
Ramirez, who had been swinging one-handed in the cage and taking ground balls before Friday, added that the next step in his recovery process will likely be picking up a ball within the next few days and attempting to throw with the thumb.
"I think he's moving in the right direction," manager Don Mattingly said. "I'm really pleased with how he's looked at short, the things he's been able to do while being down has been really nice."
Dodgers recall righty Tolleson from Triple-A
PHOENIX -- In the wake of Thursday night's brawl in San Diego that left Zack Greinke with a broken collarbone, the Dodgers recalled Shawn Tolleson from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday to replace Greinke on the 25-man roster.
After tossing a clean inning in relief Thursday night against Omaha, Tolleson and the rest of the Isotopes watched the fracas unfold while bussing from New Mexico to Iowa. Later on in the evening when the bus stopped for gas, the right-hander got word he would be flying to Arizona to meet the big league club.
Immediately summoned by manager Don Mattingly in Friday's 3-0 loss to the D-backs, Tolleson walked the only two batters he faced in the eighth to force in runs charged to starter Clayton Kershaw.
Tolleson made 40 appearances for the Dodgers in 2012, finishing the season with a 4.30 ERA. Over 6 2/3 innings this spring in Cactus League action, the 25-year-old allowed just one run on five hits.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.