"It's definitely a thing where we need all the hands we can to find a way to get back in the series," Ethier said.
Wainwright predicted both Ramirez and Ethier would play.
"He looks the best I've seen him in a long time," Wainwright said of Ramirez. "His swing looks great. His approach is awesome. As everyone knows, he's got power to all fields, so he's a very dangerous hitter and a very tough bat added to that lineup."
Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig has yet to make an impact in the series. Hitting cleanup in place of Ramirez, Puig struck out four times Saturday, dropping to 0 for 10 with six strikeouts in the series.
"He is a positive kid and he told me, 'I'm going to get it tomorrow,'" Ramirez said. "Tomorrow he's going to come and get ready to play and he's going to do some damage."
The lack of offense and injuries to key players recalls the early season version of the Dodgers, when they were mired in the NL West cellar and were 12 games under .500. Then Puig arrived in early June and sparked their revival.
The Dodgers couldn't capitalize on stellar outings by Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw on the road and now must rely on rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu, who stumbled against Atlanta in losing his playoff debut in the division series. He allowed four runs and six hits in three innings, and made two major mistakes in the field.
"I feel really strong," Ryu said through a Korean translator. "There is no reason my arm isn't in good, top shape right now."
Wainwright last pitched against Los Angeles in the postseason in the 2009 NL division series, allowing one earned run in eight innings of a no-decision. He left leading 2-1 before the Dodgers scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to win.