It turns out that Manny Ramirez will not join the Athletics when he’s eligible to return from his 50-game PED suspension on Wednesday.
The Athletics made the announcement earlier tonight, saying that Ramirez will “remain with Triple-A Sacramento for the time being and will be monitored on a day by day basis.” His 10-day rehab assignment is over, so he’ll be added to the River Cats’ regular roster once he is reinstated by MLB on Wednesday.
The decision is strictly performance-based, as Athletics assistant general manager David Forst told Jane Lee of MLB.com that Ramirez will join the big league club “just as soon as he is ready to contribute at the major league level.” Ramirez, who turns 40 on Wednesday, is batting .250 (8-for-32) with zero extra-base hits and a 7/3 K/BB ratio in nine games at the Triple-A level.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.