Oakland A's release OF Manny Ramirez from Triple-A Sacramento

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Is this the end of the line -- again -- for Manny Ramirez? The hitting savant retired last season after violating baseball's drug policy for the second time, but he was attempting a comeback this season.

On Friday, however, the Oakland A's announced that they had released the 40-year-old.


After a slow start, Ramirez had improved his season totals to a .302 average with no home runs and 14 RBIs in 17 games (63 at-bats) for the Triple-A Sacramento RiverCats. In seven games in June, Ramirez batted 11-for-27 (.407) with 10 of his RBIs.

No word on whether Ramirez plans to continue his comeback, although as Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com tweets ...


UPDATE: Ramirez's agent, Barry Praver, tells Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com that Ramirez plans to continue his comeback.