Hobbled Hanley Ramirez was kept indoors but healing Andre Ethier was running down fly balls in the gap Wednesday as the Dodgers worked out at Dodger Stadium in preparation for Friday's start of the National League Championship Series.

As he did throughout the NL Division Series Ramirez is expected to be in the starting lineup at shortstop for Game 1 in St. Louis. And Ethier is a good bet to be in center field if he feels as well Friday as he looked Wednesday turning and sprinting full speed to chase fly balls while the Cardinals-Pirates game was being shown on the video boards.

"It feels good" Ethier said. "We'll see where I am tomorrow."

Ramirez is nursing long-running injuries to his lower back hamstring and shoulder. Providing further evidence that he's playing in considerable pain he was the only player that did not work out in the cool and damp weather as a precautionary measure. Of course Ramirez plays in pain pretty well having hit .500 with six extra-base hits against the Braves.

After the Cards won and the opponent was determined the Dodgers bused to the airport for an overnight flight to Missouri. They will work out at Busch Stadium on Thursday and Zack Greinke will start Game 1 on Friday (TBS) with Clayton Kershaw starting Game 2 on Saturday. Ricky Nolasco and Hyun-Jin Ryu will probably start Games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles on Monday and Tuesday but manager Don Mattingly wouldn't confirm that.

Nolasco pitched five innings of a simulated game during the workout while Kershaw threw a bullpen session with no apparent residual effects from pitching six innings on short rest in Monday's clincher over the Braves. Chris Capuano whose three innings of long relief rescued a rough start by Ryu that turned into a Game 3 win threw a full bullpen session as if he were preparing to start a game.

The Dodgers were 4-3 against the Cardinals this year: 1-2 at home from May 24-26 3-1 at St. Louis from Aug. 5-8. Greinke was 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA; Kershaw was 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA; Ryu was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA; Nolasco was 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA (with Miami).

Capuano was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA but with Paco Rodriguez slumping Capuano could just as easily serve as a situational left-hander to go with J.P. Howell as a long reliever.

Mattingly admitted he's concerned about Rodriguez who had a 5.68 ERA in September then allowed four hits including a two-run homer in two appearances against the Braves.

"Anybody who struggles you're concerned with" Mattingly said. "You try to pay attention to what's going on with them what's happening. Is there a little change here or there? Are they tired? Have they lost confidence? Whatever it is. This is something he hasn't been through. He hasn't struggled like this. He's basically pitched lights-out from the time he's gotten here. This is basically the first time this has happened to him and that's always a critical time."