Manny and Smoltz to go from rehab to pennant races

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Believe it or not, Manny Ramirez is eligible to come back and play for the Dodgers in just over two weeks. As such, L.A. is thinking about sending him to their Class A team in San Berdoo for a rehab assignment.

In other rehab news, John Smoltz pitched his last rehab assignment yesterday.
It wasn’t the best ever — a run on three hits, a walk and a wild
pitch, two strikeouts in four innings — but overall he’s been strong
pitching to kids: 27.1 innings, 18 hits, 21Ks, 4 walks and a 2.63 ERA.
He’s going to face the Nats next week, as the Red Sox adopt a six-man
rotation until they can unload Brad Penny or Dice-K implodes or
something.

The Red Sox are in first place. So are the Dodgers, who actually
have a bigger lead in the NL West today than they did when Ramirez was
suspended. For each of these teams, the return or debut of these guys
is the equivalent of making a trade for an All-Star caliber player at
the deadline, with the added bonus of not having to give anything up
for him.

It almost isn’t fair.

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.