Friday, June 19, 2009
Report: Manny to play in Albuquerque
ESPN.com news services
The Manny Ramirez minor league rehab tour is adding another stop, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The suspended Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder tentatively is expected to join the Dodgers' Triple-A team in Albuquerque, N.M., for a four-game series starting Tuesday, the Times reported, citing baseball sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Ramirez then will go to Class A Inland Empire for a three-game series starting June 27. Following that stint, he'll work out in Los Angeles on July 1, travel with the Dodgers to San Diego on July 2 and rejoin the lineup on July 3 against the Padres, according to the report.
Ramirez is nearing the end of a 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's substance-abuse policy. It previously had been reported his rehab would start next Thursday at Inland Empire.
Dodgers manager Joe Torre did not address the specifics of Ramirez's rehab schedule on Thursday. "Nothing has been defined yet," he said, according to the Times.
Torre is not sure how many games Ramirez will need to get back in game shape. "To me, in my mind, six or seven, maybe," he said, according to the report.