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Manny Ramirez "50-50" to join Athletics Wednesday

Manny Ramirez's long wait for a return to Major League Baseball could be coming to an end.

The enigmatic outfielder, who opted to retire rather than serve a 100 game suspension for a positive drug test last year, applied for reinstatement this season and was signed to a minor league contract by the Oakland Athletics. Major League Baseball stipulated that Ramirez be suspended for 50 games after signing - a suspension that expires this Wednesday, May 30.

However, Ramirez may have to wait before joining up with his new team, according to Athletics manager Bob Melvin via a tweet from the San Fransisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser.

Ramirez has been spending his suspension in the minor leagues this season, hitting .214 with the Sacramento River Cats - Oakland's Triple-A affiliate.

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