The next two days could determine whether or not Hanley Ramirez goes on the 15-day disabled list with a swollen left hand. The Dodgers’ shortstop was unable to take batting practice with his teammates prior to Wednesday’s game against the Pirates.

Ramirez hasn’t played since he was hit by two pitches Sunday in St. Louis. The second, a 99 mph fastball from Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal, hit Ramirez in the left hand. Earlier in the game, Ramirez was hit in the left shoulder; his right shoulder has also been a sore spot for most of the last two months.

As a result, the Dodgers had only three position players available to come off the bench Monday. The number grew to four Tuesday, when Yasiel Puig was cleared to play, according to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.

Ramirez has told Mattingly that he doesn’t want to go on the disabled list at this stage in the season. But if Ramirez misses too many more games, Mattingly might have little choice.

“Only if they tell me (Friday) it’s going to be longer than another day or something,” Mattingly said. “If it gets to be a week, you have to start thinking about it. At this point, we’re not thinking about it.”

If Ramirez goes on the 15-day disabled list, his 15 days can be backdated to Monday. That would make him eligible to return August 5, in the middle of an interleague series against the Angels.

Ramirez is batting .273 with 11 home runs and 12 stolen bases in 86 games this season.