Manny Ramirez is toiling away with the Oakland Athletics Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento, batting just .243 with no home runs and a .543 OPS. And a week after some thought he would be promoted after serving his 50-game suspension from the majors, Ramirez looks likely to stay in Triple-A until at least mid-June.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a couple of factors are holding Ramirez back from a call-up. First, he has yet to impress any executives or scouts that have seen his 37 at-bats in the minor leagues. Second, the 40-year-old Ramirez is battling tightness in his left hamstring.
In her report, Susan Slusser's notes how dreadful the A's offense has been recently. Oakland has been shut out seven times in its last 18 games. But the big-league club will not look to Ramirez for help:
The A's do have one of the greatest right-handed hitters of all time at Triple-A Sacramento, but scouts and baseball executives who have seen Ramirez recently agree with Oakland's assessment that he is not ready for the majors. In addition, Ramirez has been bothered by left hamstring tightness that limited him to one at-bat in the past four games, but Ramirez is hanging in there, he said Sunday.
"It's not what I want, it's what God wants," Ramirez told the Chronicle. "God doesn't want me to come to the team to be embarrassed. When the time is perfect, I'm going to be there, and I'll do what I do, and that's hit." The A's have scored the fewest runs in the American League, and they have lost nine of their last 10 games. They already sit nine games back of the Texas Rangers in the AL West.