Ramirez, Weaver make rehab starts
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez had one hit in three at-bats in his first and possibly only minor league rehabilitation appearance for high Class Inland Empire on Tuesday night at Lake Elsinore.
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Ramirez struck out swinging in his first at-bat, singled to right to drive in a run in his second and grounded to third in his third. Ramirez was the 66ers designated hitter.
Ramirez is eligible and expected to return on Saturday from the 15-day disabled list, where he has been since April 23 because of a right-calf strain. The 66ers also play at Inland Empire on Wednesday and Thursday nights, and Dodgers manager Joe Torre said it is entirely up to Ramirez how many games he wants to play on his rehab.
Meanwhile, Dodgers reliever Jeff Weaver, who was making a rehab start for Inland Empire, pitched three strong innings. He allowed only two unearned runs -- the result of a booted ground ball behind him in the third -- on two hits. He struck out three and walked one. Curiously, Lake Elsinore baserunners stole five bases during Weaver's three innings, including three in the third inning alone.
Weaver, who was shelved with a lower-back problem, is expected to be activated Friday.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.