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Manny and Smoltz to go from rehab to pennant races

Jun 18, 2009, 9:00 AM EDT

Believe it or not, Manny Ramirez is eligible to come back and play for the Dodgers in just over two weeks. As such, L.A. is thinking about sending him to their Class A team in San Berdoo for a rehab assignment.

In other rehab news, John Smoltz pitched his last rehab assignment yesterday.
It wasn’t the best ever — a run on three hits, a walk and a wild
pitch, two strikeouts in four innings — but overall he’s been strong
pitching to kids: 27.1 innings, 18 hits, 21Ks, 4 walks and a 2.63 ERA.
He’s going to face the Nats next week, as the Red Sox adopt a six-man
rotation until they can unload Brad Penny or Dice-K implodes or
something.

The Red Sox are in first place. So are the Dodgers, who actually
have a bigger lead in the NL West today than they did when Ramirez was
suspended. For each of these teams, the return or debut of these guys
is the equivalent of making a trade for an All-Star caliber player at
the deadline, with the added bonus of not having to give anything up
for him.

It almost isn’t fair.

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