05/18/09 8:40 PM ET
Torre unsure when Manny to rejoin team
Suspended Dodgers slugger could show up in homestand
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
But he had some advice for Ramirez and the inevitable news conference he'll hold to address the 50-game suspension for violating the MLB drug policy.
"My guess is, when he's ready, he'll have his personality back," Torre predicted. "It's something the player is embarrassed by. I watched Andy [Pettitte, who addressed steroid allegations last year]. You have to bare your soul, basically. Just lay it out and take what comes. Punishment is punishment. Don't pretend it's something else."
Torre expects Ramirez will appear at Dodger Stadium during the current homestand that ends Sunday.
"He'll eventually come out, but there are still issues to work out," he said. "The big hurdle is over for me and the team. He still has to address the press and he will. If anybody had questions, they saw and had access to him. We got that behind us."
Torre said he thought Ramirez should have met with the club sooner than he did, which was Friday in Miami, eight days after the suspension was handed down.
"He stayed away a week and it would be more effective if he showed up a day or so [after the suspension]," he said. "The more time he had to think about it, the more imposing it became. We talked for about 20 minutes before the meeting and he seemed uneasy. But we walked into the room and he started shaking hands. There was no resentment I've detected. But it [the suspension] was something they [the rest of the team] didn't expect."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.