Riddled with injuries, the Dodgers have been without pieces of their pitching staff they usually rely on in recent weeks. However, there is at least some good news about their pitchers: Dan Haren is trending in the right direction.
Haren had an ERA just north of 10 in July and his first start of August. But in his last two outings, Haren has pitched more like a three-time All-Star. He gets the chance to build on recent success against the Brewers on Sunday as the two first-place teams wrap up a three-game series.
The veteran righty has surrendered just three earned runs in 13 1/3 innings during his last two starts, picking up wins on both occasions. After his last start -- a six-inning, two-run showing with seven strikeouts against the Braves on Tuesday -- Haren cited positive feedback from Dodgers manager Don Mattingly as one of the reasons for his pair of strong starts.
"[Mattingly] pumped me up, though, a little bit," Haren said. "He said I'd done a good job for the team, I got a bunch of wins and they feel good with me. That felt good. Going through a rut like I was, I was pretty much off the Internet and ESPN and MLB. There's no need to see any negative reinforcements. It was good to feel something positive from him."
Opposing Haren will be Wily Peralta, who is aiming to tie Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto for the Major League lead in wins with 15.
This will be Peralta's second attempt to lock down win No. 15. He took the loss in his last outing, though he had a quality start by allowing three runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Cubs.
Brewers: Team still looking to add bullpen arm through waivers
The Brewers didn't see any results in their efforts to acquire another reliever prior to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. But they're not done searching for a new bullpen member.
Milwaukee's principal owner, Mark Attanasio, met with the media prior to the team's Saturday night contest in Los Angeles and said the Brewers are still very much looking to see what's out there in terms of relief help.
"We put in claims literally today for relief pitchers," Attanasio said. "Literally, today."
While the Brewers couldn't find any deals they were willing to take before the Deadline, they're not helped by the fact they are second-to-last in waiver claiming position in the NL because of their win-loss record.
Dodgers: Ramirez could see time at third base
The Dodgers are hoping Hanley Ramirez can return to the left side of the infield as soon as his 15 days on the DL expire. It just may be farther left than he's used to.
Third baseman Juan Uribe was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday because of an injured right hamstring, leaving the team with a need at the hot corner. This is where Ramirez comes in.
Ramirez has made the position change before, spending time at third in 2012 when he was still with the Marlins, but he played eight games for the Dodgers at third two seasons ago after he was traded. Ramirez has played just shortstop in the last two seasons, but was at third taking grounders Saturday. He also participated in batting practice as he continues to recover from a right oblique strain that will sideline him at least until Aug. 24.
"I feel like Hanley has been doing pretty well," Mattingly said. "He's been able to do some things yesterday. Feeling like when it's time for him to come off, he's going to be able to come off."
• Sunday will be the last regular-season meeting between the Dodgers and Brewers in 2014. Milwaukee has had a lot of success in the potential playoff matchup, winning four of the first five games -- all of which have been played in the last two weekends.
• One day after leaving late in the game with a stiff back, Adrian Gonzalez was in the Dodgers' lineup Saturday. The first baseman went 1-for-4.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.