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A’s planning for Manny Ramirez’s return in three weeks

May 7, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

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Manny Ramirez has kept a remarkably low profile while serving the first half of his 50-game suspension, but he’s now about three weeks away from being eligible to return and about two weeks from likely beginning a minor-league rehab assignment.

Ramirez is currently working out at extended spring training and his suspension ends on May 30, with Jim Hawkins of MLB.com reporting that the A’s will soon send him on a 10-game rehab stint to prepare.

Manager Bob Melvin told Hawkins that once Ramirez is eligible to play “DH has been his role and that’s what we envision him doing.”

Six different players have started at designated hitter for the A’s through 29 games, led by Seth Smith with 14 starts, and the position has combined for a .228 batting average with three homers and a .709 OPS.

  1. b7p19 - May 7, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Man have I ever missed Manny. MLB will be a much better place in 3 weeks.

    • wendell7 - May 8, 2012 at 6:55 AM

      I can’t wait for him to get back on the field, especially if he will be wearing that hat in the picture!

  2. SmackSaw - May 7, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    If he’s right, he’ll be a great addition. The A’s are playing well.

  3. ajcardsfan - May 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    I had completely forgotten about the man, when did he come out of retirement so his 50 game countdown could begin?

  4. aceshigh11 - May 7, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    I’m very curious to see how he plays.

  5. APBA Guy - May 7, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    June 1 will give him enough time to show value-if any is left-and sell him before the trade deadline. It’s part of the endless cycle of running in place by the Great and Powerful Beane and his Wolff/Fisher overlords.

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