MILWAUKEE >> Twice this season Hanley Ramirez has chosen to receive a cortisone shot in his shoulder rather than go on the 15-day disabled list. Once, he could barely swing a bat because his left hand was so swollen. He didn’t go on the DL then, either.Now, with the results of an MRI scan on Ramirez’s sore right oblique muscle pending a doctor’s diagnosis, the Dodgers find themselves at a familiar juncture.No matter what, they will be down a shortstop for at least another day or two. Maybe two weeks. Maybe longer.“We’re going to make a decision fairly quick,” manager Don Mattingly said. Ramirez reported to Miller Park on Saturday feeling better than he did a day earlier. In his only plate appearance Friday, Ramirez drew a base on balls but re-aggravated a pain in his right side on a swing and miss.Among the primary internal candidates to take Ramirez’s roster spot if he goes on the disabled list, only Carlos Triunfel was not in the starting lineup for Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday. Triunfel appeared in 10 games at shortstop for the Dodgers earlier this season.But in the third inning of the Albuquerque Isotopes’ game in Las Vegas, Triunfel replaced starter Darwin Barney. The Dodgers have an early start time Sunday (11:10 a.m. PST) in Milwaukee, so it will be difficult for either Triunfel or Barney to fly in from Las Vegas before first pitch.That means the Dodgers could be left with Miguel Rojas and Justin Turner as options at shortstop for the second straight day.Neither is as dangerous offensively as Ramirez, who has 12 home runs and 12 stolen bases in the final year of his contract. A contract extension can be a powerful motivator for staying on the field. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But Ramirez would like to be playing in October too, and oblique strains are not always short-term ailments.“They’re pretty serious as far as I’m concerned,” Mattingly said, “because they don’t allow you to do anything. That’s the area. The MRI will give us a good indication of severity, swelling, bleeding or any of that stuff.” Little League, big giftThe Little League Great Lakes Regional Tournament was playing in the Dodgers’ clubhouse Saturday afternoon. Carl Crawford was particularly invested in the outcome of one game between a team from Illinois and a team from Indiana.Two years ago Crawford saw the Jackie Robinson West Little League team from Chicago playing on TV. All the boys on the team are African-American, which “reminds me of my Little League team,” he said. So Crawford called to see if they needed anything. They did, and for the last two years he’s helped sponsor the team. This is truly a random act of kindness from afar; Crawford said he still hasn’t had a chance to meet the boys this year. “I talked to the coach (Friday),” Crawford said. “I’ll try to meet ‘em when we go to Chicago (in September).”The boys from Jackie Robinson West are trying to write a happy ending to the story. They won Saturday, clinching a trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.Correia acquired from MinnesotaWhen Josh Beckett joined Paul Maholm on the disabled list this week, the Dodgers had a sudden shortage of veteran starting pitchers.Kevin Correia might not start a game in a Dodger uniform, but he’s at least a low-cost replacement for Maholm in the Dodgers’ bullpen. General manager Ned Colletti acquired Correia from the Minnesota Twins late Saturday in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.The Dodgers were expected to make a corresponding 40-man roster move later Saturday night.“Kevin gives us an additional option as a starter or long reliever,” Colletti said in a statement. “He also supplies us with more veteran pitching depth for the stretch drive.”With the Twins this season, Correia was 5-13 with a 4.94 earned-run average in 23 games — all starts — including 16 starts of six or more innings. He led the American League in losses but pitched well away from Target Field, posting a 3.17 ERA in 11 road starts. He’s 2-0 with a 3.50 ERA in three starts against the National League West this season, with victories against Colorado and San Diego.The GM has a history with the pitcher going back to 2002, when the San Francisco Giants (under then-assistant GM Colletti) drafted Correia in the fourth round out of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.After beginning his career in the bullpen, Correia became a full-time starting pitcher in 2008, his final season with the Giants. Since then, he’s pitched for San Diego (2009-10), Pittsburgh (2011-12) and Minnesota (2013-14) and has never posted an ERA-plus above 97. Based on those recent numbers, a bullpen role might suit him better.The Dodgers acquired Roberto Hernandez from the Philadelphia Phillies to take Beckett’s place in the rotation. Rookie Carlos Frias took Maholm’s spot in the bullpen. It remains to be seen exactly how Correia will fit into the new mix along with Frias, Hernandez and struggling starter Dan Haren, who has a 7.92 ERA since July 1.As repertoire goes, Correia relies primarily on a low-90s fastball, sinker and cutter. He also has a changeup, a slider that he typically saves for right-handed hitters, and a curveball that he’ll use most often in two-strike counts.Correia was selected to the 2011 National League All-Star team as a member of the Pirates and has appeared in 344 games (213 starts) in 12 major-league seasons.The San Diego native graduated from Grossmont High School.AlsoThe starting pitching matchups for the Dodgers’ series against the Atlanta Braves are as follows: Dan Haren (9-9, 4.57 ERA) will oppose right-hander Julio Teheran (10-8, 2.92) on Monday, Hyun-Jin Ryu (13-5, 3.21) will oppose left-hander Mike Minor (4-7, 5.42) on Tuesday, Roberto Hernandez (6-8, 3.83) will oppose right-hander Ervin Santana (11-6, 3.69) on Wednesday and Zack Greinke will oppose former Dodgers right-hander Aaron Harang on Thursday.