Ramirez could return July 15

Updated: July 4, 2010, 7:18 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

PHOENIX -- Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez has expressed interest in going on a minor league rehabilitation assignment while on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain, manager Joe Torre said. Torre also said Ramirez probably will be ready to return as soon as he becomes eligible on July 15, the first day of the second half of the season.


"I think he'll be fine by the time he is eligible," Torre said. "He may go somewhere [for a rehab] and DH or something. But again, the All-Star break usually coincides with other [minor league] All-Star breaks, too."

However, if Ramirez is physically able, he could do a rehab stint next weekend before those All-Star breaks begin on Monday.

Torre said rookie right-hander Carlos Monasterios, who has blister-type lesions on two fingers of his pitching hand, is on track to return sometime this week. Monasterios became eligible to return from the DL on Sunday after pitching three scoreless innings, allowing two hits, in a rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday against Oklahoma City.

With the exception of Ramirez, Torre stuck with all of his regulars Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks except catcher Russell Martin, who came in hitting .156 (5 for 32) for his career, with nine strikeouts, against Arizona starter Dan Haren. Torre said he considered starting Garret Anderson, who is hitting .353 (12 for 34) against Haren, but ultimately decided he would rather have Anderson available off the bench.

Anderson began the day 2 for 16 with six strikeouts in his previous seven games. He did not get into the game Sunday, which the Dodgers won 3-1.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Tony Jackson