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Billy Beane has no idea when Manny Ramirez might join A’s

Jun 7, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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Manny Ramirez has been equal parts injured and ineffective at Triple-A, going 9-for-37 (.243) with zero extra-base hits while missing multiple games with leg soreness.

He was eligible to return from a 50-game suspension last week, but the A’s quickly ruled that out and today general manager Billy Beane told Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News that … well, basically no one has any idea when Ramirez might be back in the majors:

Until he’s on the field on a regular basis and we see where he’s at from a baseball standpoint, we’re really not in a position where we’re ready to make a decision. We said from Day 1 that nothing is set in stone.

Beane went on to hint that the A’s may simply decide that Ramirez is no longer worth the trouble, admitting: “As you get deeper into the season, that is a question you’ve gotta ask yourself.”

On the other hand they can basically re-start the 30-day rehab window at any time because he’s been injured, extending his stay in the minors, and the A’s will only be on the hook for $500,000 if they do decide to promote Ramirez at some point.

Right now, though, he can’t even stay in the lineup at Triple-A, let alone beat up on Triple-A pitching.

  1. clydeserra - Jun 7, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Cespedes just pulled a hammy. Maybe sooner than later

    • El Bravo - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      MMMMM, Ham sandwich.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    I can’t thoroughly explain why, but I really want him back in MLB. I know, I know – he’s a cheating headcase douchegag, or at least was for a time – but I don’t want him to go out the way he would have in Tampa Bay. I just don’t.

  3. spudatx - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    He scarcely looks to even be trying in his AAA games. Will he ever be ready?

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Is this like a One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest thing, where Manny think he just has to put in his thirty days, but doesn’t realize that he REALLY has to win over Head Nurse Billy Beane to attain his freedom from the minors?

    How will we know if Manny has been lobotomized though?

    • pisano - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:21 AM

      Haven’t you ever heard him talk? he’s either had a lobotomy or he’s the original village idiot, if I’m a betting man, I’d take the latter.

      • awesomenar - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:19 AM

        Maybe both.

  5. dpeter11 - Jun 7, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Go away Manny

  6. badintent - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    i want a tag team MMA fight with Charles Barkhead, Metta World Peace, ManRam, Lenny Dykstra , and throw in Flyod Mayweather as the Ref. ! Losers get to go back to kindergarden again.Winners get Bruce Jenner for a weekend on a yacht. Ship of Fools……………

  7. rico7207 - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Time to part ways with this cheat.If there is no room for Kila there sure as hell should not be any for this loser.Without the drugs he is a bust.Period!

  8. scottp9 - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    I’m not sure what is meant by the reference to a “30-day rehab window.” Manny is not on a minor league rehab assignment; he signed a minor league contract with the A’s and he’s not on their 40-man roster. He can stay in the minors all year, unless the club has agreed to release him at some point if he’s not in the bigs.

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