Maybe Dee Gordon knew his time here was up. Maybe he didn't.

Regardless, there was the Dodgers shortstop on the field Monday, taking early batting practice less than an hour before he was officially optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Jerry Hairston Jr. on the active roster.

"Luis (Cruz) gives us a little more coverage at third and short," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We're trying to believe that Luis can still do some things."

That tepid endorsement of the 29-year-old Cruz underscored the difference between his contract, which does not include a minor-league option, and Gordon's, which does.

Gordon has been shuffling between the majors and minors since losing the starting shortstop job in the middle of last season.

The Dodgers are stuck with Cruz, who started at third base for the 14th time this season and batted eighth against the Angels. He went 1 for 3 to raise his batting average to .105.

Even if he keeps hitting, Cruz may be out of time very soon.

Shortstop Hanley Ramirez ran the bases for the first time since straining his left hamstring on May 3. He could make a rehabilitation assignment by the end of the week and return to the Dodgers next week if all goes well.

"As we get through Anaheim, we're talking about him playing some games the next few days," Mattingly said.

Nick Punto started at shortstop and made a fantastic diving stop on a scorching ground ball by Howie Kendrick to end the first inning. Punto and Cruz could get the lion's share of starts at shortstop after Gordon started 17 of the 20 games following Ramirez's hamstring injury.

Hairston completed a rehab assignment with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday. He missed 17 games after straining his left groin May 5.

Gordon had an on-base percentage of .359 through his first nine games this season but tailed off over his final 10. He collected just two hits and three walks.

"He's like a Michael Bourn for me," Mattingly said. "Early on he wasn't a guy you feared at all. He kept getting better and better."

Beckett has setback

Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett was scheduled to throw at least 15 pitches off a mound Monday or today, but the recuperating right-hander is back to waiting after a recurrence of tingling and numbness in his right fingers.

Beckett will undergo an MRI exam tomorrow to determine the source of his symptoms.

The Dodgers did not initially reveal the extent of Beckett's injuries after the right-hander fell to 0-5 with a loss to the Washington Nationals on May 13. The next day, he went on the disabled list with a strained left groin, although Mattingly noted Beckett was dealing with other injuries.

On Monday, Mattingly said "the groin's been good and the arm has gone bad."