05/27/09 3:54 PM ET
Dodgers may not see Manny at home
Slugger could leave LA to continue workouts in Arizona
By Owen Perkins / Special to MLB.com
"I don't know for sure if we're going to see him when we get home," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said before Wednesday's series finale with the Rockies. "I know he's been talking about going to Glendale [Arizona] and working out at our Spring Training facility."
Torre had no worries about Ramirez's ability to handle a training regimen that would enable him to be back up to game speed when he is eligible to return from his 50-game suspension on July 3. He had no doubt that Ramirez would use at least a week of the 10 days he's eligible to play in the Minor Leagues in preparation for his return but is more concerned about Ramirez's mental makeup.
"The most important thing is getting all the cobwebs cleaned out with everything he's going through and continues to go through and he'll continue to go through until he gets back and starts playing and the questions sort of taper off," Torre said. "I think it's just media right now. I think he's just not ready for that right now. Eventually, obviously, he's going to have to be."
At some point, Torre expects Ramirez to spend some time working out with the Dodgers, possibly before beginning a Minor League tuneup.
"My concern was to have him meet with the players, which he did when we were in Florida," Torre said. "Once that was over with, now it's more important for him to get in a routine and get himself starting to think ahead instead of thinking about what's been going on."
A Minor League tour with one or more of the Dodgers' affiliates could help dilute the anticipated media frenzy upon Ramirez's return. But Torre noted that after potentially returning while the club is in San Diego in early July, the next step would be New York.
"That'll be another zoo," Torre said. "Carnival time."
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.