Manny Ramirez suffers rehab setback
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez has suffered what manager Joe Torre acknowledged was a setback in his rehabilitation from a right calf strain and won't begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment for at least another week.
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Club officials had hoped Ramirez would start a rehab later this week and return to the club in about 10 days. The delayed return means it probably will be even harder for the Dodgers to trade Ramirez before the Aug. 31 deadline.
In order to be traded after July 31, a player must first clear waivers, something Ramirez would be virtually certain to do because he is still owed more than $6 million in this final season of a two-year, $45 million contract. But players who are on the disabled list can't be placed on waivers, so the Dodgers might be running out of time to trade Ramirez if they are hoping to do so, although club officials haven't acknowledged that they are.
"Until we get him on the field and playing in games, and when I talk about games I'm talking about a rehab situation, it's tough to really plan on getting him back," Torre said.
Dodgers trainer Stan Conte went on Tuesday to the team's spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz., where Ramirez has been working out, to gauge the player's progress.
"Stan thinks it will be another week or so before we make any plans for him to do some game stuff," Torre said. "He still has some discomfort in his leg."
Ramirez is on the 15-day disabled list for the third time this season, the second time in the past month and the second time this season with a right calf injury. He is hitting .317 with a .409 on-base percentage, but he has just 13 doubles, eight homers, 39 RBIs and a .516 slugging percentage. He also has played in just 61 games.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.