(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The Oakland Athletics will not be rushing former All-Star slugger Manny Ramirez back to the big leagues anytime soon.
Ramirez, who is eligible to return this week from suspension, will instead head to Triple-A to begin his journey back to the majors.
“We want to make sure Manny feels he is 100-percent ready when we pull the trigger on this move,” Oakland assistant general manager David Forst said Tuesday. “I don’t have any time frame other than we’re watching it every day.”
Ramirez is scheduled to be reinstated by baseball following his 50-game suspension on Wednesday.
“Like I said, I haven’t played in a year,” Ramirez said Monday in Sacramento. “You miss a year, it’s going to take a lot. You see a lot of guys in the big leagues and here, they play the whole year and they’re still trying to get it. Imagine when you miss a year.”
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