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06/17/09 10:51 PM ET

Manny could start Minors stint next week

Suspended slugger would play for LA's Class A affiliate

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Joe Torre spoke with suspended outfielder Manny Ramirez on Wednesday about starting a rehab assignment next week, but nothing was finalized.

Torre said Ramirez missed another workout because of a cold or flu.

"He's still bothered by a sore throat," said Torre. "We talked about sometime early next week, he'll play some games. I think in San Bernardino. We're thinking about the convenience of the thing. We're still communicating. Nothing is scheduled. We have to get him back on the field. We hope he can work out tomorrow."

San Bernardino is the Dodgers' Class A Inland Empire affiliate. However, its schedule doesn't appear to be entirely cooperative. The California League All-Star break is Monday-Wednesday, then the 66ers resume play Thursday-Saturday at nearby Lake Elsinore, before returning to San Bernardino.

Ramirez, suspended on May 7 for 50 games for violating the Major League Baseball drug policy, is eligible to return to the Dodgers on July 3 and is allowed to play in as many as 10 Minor League games while suspended in preparation for his return.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.