The market for Manny Ramirez

Updated: August 4, 2010, 10:25 AM ET
By Buster Olney

Players assigned to the disabled list can't be passed through waivers, and when Dodgers manager Joe Torre revealed Tuesday that Manny Ramirez had a setback in his rehabilitation for an injured calf, the underlying meaning is that Ramirez probably won't hit the waiver wire until the second half of August -- when the Dodgers may or may not be in the race. Ted Lilly pitched well for them Tuesday night, cutting the Dodgers' deficit in the NL West to eight games.

If the Dodgers get back to within four or five games of first, then presumably they'll just keep Manny and go about the business of trying to win games down the stretch. If L.A. is 10 to 12 games out in late August, then there will be a market for Manny.