Dodgers hoping Manny talks to team
Torre understands suspended slugger needs time
LOS ANGELES -- Two days after being suspended for 50 games for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, Manny Ramirez still hasn't reached out to his teammates yet but it's something Dodgers manager Joe Torre would like to see from Ramirez.Torre said the players would like to hear from Ramirez and that it doesn't have to come in the form of a formal team meeting. "I don't think addressing the team is necessary but I think it's important that players get a chance to see him," Torre said. "I don't think we need anything formal. I think they just need to physically see him." Torre also hasn't talked to Ramirez since Thursday but he did speak to Ramirez's agent, Scott Boras, on Friday and said Boras also thinks Ramirez should reach out to his teammates. "We're all on the same page with what we want to happen," Torre said. Torre said he's fine with the fact that Ramirez is taking his time because the slugger is apparently having a difficult time with the whole situation. "I think he feels really badly and is embarrassed by the whole thing," Torre said. "I think he's still trying to gather his thoughts at this point."
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Ramirez spoke with GM Ned Colletti and owner Frank McCourt on Saturday for the first time since his suspension.
"We had a good conversation," said Colletti, who declined to reveal specifics of his conversation with the Dodgers slugger.
While McCourt wants Ramirez to address his teammates, it is unlikely to happen Sunday, when the Dodgers wrap up an 11-game homestand. Ramirez could speak to fellow players next weekend in Miami, where he makes his offseason home, at the tail end of the club's upcoming six-game road trip.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.