Manny works out at Dodger Stadium
Suspended slugger likely to stay in LA with team on road
LOS ANGELES -- Outfielder Manny Ramirez worked out at Dodger Stadium on Monday morning for the first time since he was suspended for violating the MLB drug policy on May 7.
With his teammates in Denver to face the Rockies in a Memorial Day game, Ramirez returned to California from his Florida home and apparently will continue working out at Chavez Ravine while the club is out of town through the week, playing in Colorado, then in Chicago against the Cubs.
There also has been talk of Ramirez working out at the club's Camelback Ranch complex in Arizona.
Ramirez, who received a 50-game suspension, will be eligible to be activated July 3 if the Dodgers have no rainouts.
On May 15, Ramirez met briefly with the club at the team hotel in Miami. Ramirez has a home in the Miami area. Club officials said Ramirez had been in contact with the training staff and said he had been working out in Florida.
MLB rules allow suspended players to work out with their clubs, but they must be off the field by the time stadium gates open.
Suspended players also are allowed to serve a 10-day Minor League rehabilitation assignment at the end of their suspension to assure they are in game shape for their return, and Ramirez is expected to agree to that.
Since Ramirez left the club, its record is 10-7 and its division lead has increased from 6 1/2 games to 7 1/2 games. Juan Pierre, who has started all 17 games in left field since the suspension, is batting .397 with 16 runs scored.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.