The Dodger offense’s best friend and big toe, Manny Ramirez, is out of the starting lineup for the second night in a row.

Update: Joe Torre told reporters before tonight’s game that Ramirez hit in the cage, but that the foot hurts when he puts pressure on it. Ramirez is again available to pinch-hit.

Other comments: The Dodgers haven’t decided whether to skip the No. 5 spot in the rotation next week. Carlos Monasterios or Ramon Ortiz will make that start if needed. No one in the minors is currently a candidate.

About James McDonald, Torre said: “Development sometimes takes funny turns, it’s about consistency and confidence. His tools and his body are there, it’s all about pitching and his mentality.”

Vicente Padilla is progressing but still won’t be back until mid-June at the earliest.