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Manny Ramirez is out of Dodgers' lineup for day game after night game

Aug 26, 2010, 2:19 PM EST

Manny Ramirez is not in the Dodgers’ lineup this afternoon, but it likely has more to do with manager Joe Torre resting him for a day game following a night game than it does his waiver wire status.
However, if he doesn’t come off the bench as a pinch-hitter this afternoon there’s a slight chance that Ramirez has already played his last game as a Dodger. His time on the waiver wire reportedly expires tomorrow afternoon and the Dodgers don’t play until tomorrow night, although they do have until early next week to work out a deal if he’s claimed.
If he is moved before tomorrow night Ramirez went out on a high note, going 2-for-2 with two doubles and two walks in a 5-4 victory. He’s now hitting .313/.407/.513, which is good for a .920 OPS that ranks fifth in the league. That’s pretty damn good considering how many people are acting like Ramirez is all washed up.
Beyond that the Dodgers are now 5.5 games back in the NL Wild Card race and the White Sox, who reportedly plan to place a waiver claim on Ramirez, are 3.5 games back in the AL Central. Seems like if Ramirez and his .920 OPS can help Chicago he can also still help Los Angeles, doesn’t it?

  1. Trevor B - Aug 26, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    I wonder what the Dodgers have up their sleeve because Scott Podsednik is also on waivers if I’m not mistaken. That leaves an incomplete outfield none-the-less.

  2. Philip P - Aug 26, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    I doubt they would move both so it may be an exericise to see which player will yield the most in a trade. If money saving is the goal, then Manny is the one to move.

  3. Preston - Aug 26, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    First of all, that may not mean much because just about every major league player gets put on waivers during August. Secondly, if the Dodgers trade Ramirez, they’re giving up on their postseason chances this year, so fielding an “incomplete” outfield is hardly a major concern. Third, Jay Gibbons is hitting .381/.458/.667 since being called up a couple weeks ago; he’s obviously not going to keep that up, but he is a viable third outfielder for the rest of the season.

  4. Preston - Aug 26, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Aaron, the White Sox are 3.5 back of the Twins. The Dodgers are 5.5 back of the Phillies and Giants, 4.5 back of the Cardinals, and 1.5 back of the Rockies (not to mention 1 up on the Marlins and 1.5 up on the Mets). There’s a world of difference between being second in a two team race and 5th in a 7 team race.

  5. Jess_Ball - Aug 26, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Well, L.A. just beat us, so they are no longer 5.5 games back. It was also announced earlier that Manny would’ve been able to pinch-hit. With a 7-1 lead, there wasn’t much of a need.
    I guess if the McCourts don’t want to win… then these savings from Manny’s contract will go straight to the lawyers guiding Frank and Jamie through their divorce trial scheduled next week, right? I hate watching this happen to a team.
    By the way – the score might be deceiving – the Brewers did not make it easy for them with Yo’ on the mound. I’m scratching my head on the Ausmus 3-for-4 outing, though. Ouch.
    Thanks a LOT Dodgers for denying our meager request for a 60th win.
    And, you’re welcome. Go Manny!

  6. Jess_Ball - Aug 26, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    On the White Sox side of things; I’d also love him over there. I did, however, glance at some interesting material focusing on a possible (Boras) request for a 1-year extension with the team in order to waive the no-trade clause.
    I forgot about that guy. . . That agent-guy. This could get ugly.

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