Manny sidelined at least one week
Dodgers take cautious approach with injured slugger
PHOENIX -- Manny Ramirez will be held out of exhibition games at least through this week and probably longer as the Dodgers adopt a more cautious approach with his left hamstring injury, manager Joe Torre said Monday.
Ramirez came out of Sunday's game after aggravating a tight hamstring that forced him to be scratched from Thursday's game.
"We'll just lay low until we get rid of this," said Torre. "Obviously, the last time we had him DH and he felt good and we put him in the lineup. But we'll keep him out probably, I can't give an exact time, but certainly through the weekend and probably beyond that."
Trainer Stan Conte said Ramirez feels discomfort in the tendon that connects the large muscle in the back of the thigh to the knee. The Dodgers are satisfied that there is no tear requiring additional testing.
Ramirez took batting practice in the cage and played catch Monday, but did not participate in any team workouts.
He sounded frustrated when talking about his injury, which first cropped up last week as he said he rushed to make up for lost time after signing his two-year, $45 million contract 2 1/2 weeks after the rest of the club reported for Spring Training. On Wednesday, Ramirez admitted his lower body was sore because of all the running he had done trying to catch up in conditioning with his teammates.
"Do you think I'll ever play in a game?" he asked half-jokingly. "No, I just have to be patient. That's what they say."
Torre acknowledged that Ramirez expressed frustration Monday, but agreed that with three weeks before the season starts, now is not the time to hurry back.
"The thing you certainly don't want to do is take a chance with this and once he starts playing, it never goes away," Torre said. "He was frustrated. He's always in a good frame of mind. He doesn't like the inactivity.
"My feeling is that if he gets a week or so of at-bats, he'll be fine [for Opening Day]. I'm not saying he's idle. He's going to hit. He's able to exercise to try to keep the soreness away."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.