Not that I was expecting Manny Ramirez to start against the Cubs today at Camelback Ranch. It was announced on Monday that Ramirez wouldn't be back until his sore hamstring was no longer and he probably won't be back until next week.
As it stands, Manny isn't allowed to run — though he's still supposedly participating in a cricket promotion for DirecTV that I'm planning to attend on Wednesday — and he's doing some rehab work in the pool. He also took some batting practice, three sessions of which I watched from up close.
How'd he look? As good as could be expected, I suppose, and he did plenty of joking around with Juan Pierre (what hard feelings?!) before doffing a kelly green L.A. hat and making for the clubhouse. I didn't personally see him put any over the wall, but that doesn't mean it didn't happen. (I was busy being amused by a foolish Dodgers fan who kept mistaking Rick Honeycutt for "Donnie Baseball.")
Joe Torre says that he regrets playing Ramirez in left field as fast as he did and that he'll likely DH a decent amount once he finally gets back.
"He's frustrated, but he understands. I told him if he plays a week or 10 days of baseball games, you should be fine. It's bothering him because he wants to play. He feels well enough to. His body is telling him otherwise when he tries to exert himself — but he's not going to stand there in left field and not run after the ball."