Torre: No timetable for Manny to address the Dodgers

May, 13, 2009
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Posted by ESPN's Claire Smith

PHILADELPHIA -- Although Manny Ramirez is eligible to work out with the Los Angeles Dodgers during his 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy, the all-star outfielder has yet to do so.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre, for one, does not know if or when Ramirez will take that opportunity.
Torre said there is no schedule yet for Ramirez to either practice with, address or rejoin the team. There had been some speculation that Ramirez would at least meet with the team this coming weekend when the Dodgers play a series against the Marlins in Miami, where Ramirez maintains an off-season home.

"It's up to Manny," Torre said Wednesday night prior to the finale of a two-game series in Philadelphia. "Right now, I think he's struggling with his feelings."

Though the Dodgers have the best record in baseball, they entered tonight's game with a 1-4 record since Ramirez was suspended last Thursday.

"We're going through a little bit of a cool streak, although I don't sense we're going about it any differently," Torre said.

Torre did say that he's monitoring the collective mindset of the team, and that "everybody's fine."
As for those who just might feel sorry for themselves because of the losses, the controversy and the lineup without Manny, Torre said there's none of that, and if there was, "that certainly wouldn't get anywhere with me. It doesn't get anywhere, period."

Torre has turned to a core of veterans, including Casey Blake and Rafael Furcal, to help focus a relatively younger team.

"They sort of nudge each other. It comes from the veterans; they're fine," he said. "I think that the whole thing, with Manny, they were stunned at first, then just kind of organize your thoughts and go about your business."

Torre an All-Star coach
Torre has been invited by Phillies manager Charlie Manuel to join the National League coaching staff at this summer's All-Star game in St. Louis. "It's a privilege and an honor, and I am certainly going," Torre said.

Torre managed and played in St. Louis, making the selection all the more special.

"That's where I started growing up," he said. "It will be nice to go back there."

Claire Smith is an ESPN baseball news editor who has covered Major League Baseball for more than 20 years.

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