(OAKLAND, Calif.) — No one is really quite sure just how much All-Star outfielder Manny Ramirez has left, but we’ll find out soon enough. Ramirez is set to begin a ten-game minor league stint as he gets ready to join the Oakland Athletics Major League roster once his 50-game suspension is over.
Ramirez will begin his minor league assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ramirez is in the middle of serving a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for performance enhancing drugs. If all goes as planned, Ramirez will make his debut with the big league club on May 30, which also happens to be his 40th birthday.
Ramirez was last seen playing for the Tampa Bay Rays, but he played in just five games before his latest suspension. Ramirez was originally suspended for 100 games, but instead he decided to retire. When he decided he wanted to return to baseball during the offseason, Major League Baseball decided that he’d only have to serve out 50 games of his suspension.
The team brought in Ramirez with hopes of generating some offense, the Athletics rank just 26th in runs scored.
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Jill Martin, CNN