Thursday, June 18, 2009

Manny Ramirez Playing Class A Baseball

According to the Associated Press Manny Ramirez is considering playing class A baseball for the Island Empire 66ers. Even though he is serving a 50 game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's substance abuse policy he is eligible to play low level A baseball to get ready to return to the majors. Joe Torre said that he could begin playing by next Thursday to begin a three-game series at Lake Elsinore. After that the 66ers have a three game home stint against Rancho Cucamonga.

Manny is available for reinstatement for the Dodgers on July 3 when they play at San Diego. "That's still conversational right now. There's nothing been scheduled," Torre said, according to the newspaper. "We've got to get him back on the field first."

This means Torre is most likely waiting to see how Ramirez plays after been away from the team for a while. Although it his decision when Manny returns to the lineup I believe it will be as soon as he is available.