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If Manny Ramirez is planning on coming back to the Dodgers, now would be an excellent time

The Dodgers managed one run and another whopping five hits Friday. Against a pitcher making his second start in almost three months. A regular offensive juggernaut, they are not.

This is a team in serious need of offensive lift. Umm, let’s see, where could they possibly find a good right-handed hitter?

Turns out they have one in San Bernardino. Anyway, they think he is. Anyway, he used to be.

Manny Ramirez, do you have anything left?

If so, time to get it in gear. Time to rejoin the team.

If Manny is healthy enough to play three rehab games, it would seem he’s healthy enough to play in the games that really matter.

Manny has not been exactly ripping it up at class-A -- 1-for-6 with four strikeouts -- but with the way the Dodgers are hitting, and the calendar is flying by, there should be a sense of urgency to return him to the lineup.

"I don’t know, we’ll see when he gets here and we talk,’’ said manager Joe Torre. "He is definitely a threat. I’m not saying he is not going to play [Saturday], but I’d rather talk to him first."

Before the game, Torre said it was possible Manny could return Saturday. Manny has had exactly three at-bats since June 29. This is his third stint on the disabled list with right leg problems this season.

Since his latest DL trip, the Dodgers have traded for outfielder Scott Podsednik, called up outfielder Jay Gibbons and subtracted Garret Anderson. Things will get a tad crowded with his return.

With Rafael Furcal also on the disabled list, it might be tempting for Torre to find a way to keep Podsednik in the lineup so he at least has a legitimate lead-off hitter.

"Yeah, but if he’s in the lineup that means Matt [Kemp] is not playing … and he has too much there we need to have come out," Torre said. "Scott will probably play some center field. Manny probably won’t play every day, at least at the start.

"But we’ll have to do the best we can, maybe have to do a Jamey Carroll up top."

Carroll, who is starting at short for Furcal, at least has a good on-base percentage (.384).

"As far as who plays, I mean, you’d like Matt to produce," Torre said. "Podsednik, I like the energy he gives us. He could play center field, match up here and there.

"But until I get Manny back, I haven’t made a plan. I have a sense the plan is going to be based on a lot of match-up stuff."

Which first requires getting Manny back. And it’s getting to be now-or-never time on his return.

-- Steve Dilbeck
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Fly in the Ointment, Smoke n' Mirrors, Castles Made of Sand...

What does it matter? The season's outcome is a fait accompli and none of Torre's posturing or Manny's presence is going to make one bit of difference...if that.

End of Rant


Minny is a tool - small and dull

If anybody, including the Dodger manager, who is in denial, thinks Manny will have any positive impact on the Dodgers pennant chances, I have bridge that connects Manhattan Island to the borough of Brooklyn I'd like to sell. Any takers?
Did you see how he's been hitting against Class A pitching?
Really, now.

agree with warren 100% - my reason for not making the trades that cost us prospects. also agree with 58 as i have some beachfront in arizona for dread colletti

joe-no-strategy-torre & a quote from today's times re: matt kemp: "and we want to get him back to that guy we know he can be"! hey joe, not to quote jimi hendrix, but matt has never been that guy you know he can be, & for that & his 7 mil contract in 11, he needs to move come off season!
i wonder where all the matt kemp groupies & their "he's a superstar" & "he's a 5 tool player" crap are today! i was about the only one for 3 years now that has said this guy will never be any of that here in la & in dodger stadium. & now all kemp's bandwaggoners need to grow a collective pair & come on & admit they were wrong!

anyway, no one is a 5 tool playert, or superstar, until they perform as such & he has been anything but either of those! he may well do it elsewhere, esp. in say, arizona, wrigley & other hitter's parks, but whereas shawn green was a stud out there with his back to back 49 & 42 jack seasons, that's something matt will never be here.

also i was against the trades dread made then & am still am. why, you ask when lilly is 4-0 ? easy, as dread gave up some important young prospects in sp & catching for guys that most likely will be gone & even his 4-0 record & pod's sb's, theriot's fine play @2b, they are not enough alone to push the dodgeres into the playoffs.
dread made these cosmetic moves for the casual fans only who are all excvited about 4-0. 4-0, he's 4-0! & if he was 26, not going on 35 & gonna be here for years to come, then i too would sing his praises. & we still need a proven slugger, not 2 sb guys, tho' theriot made it easy to forget dewitts 2b play.
bottom line is this; the mcdorks have to go, following them out that door is dread & no-mo-joe.
then we move blake, raffy & kemp in trades, let rusty martin walk, & stay with loney, kershaw, bills & re-sign theriot.
if dread can finally sign a true slugging of, then use the option on pods, if not, maybe a carl crawford would work out there. but we need 2 slugger; one in the of & one at 3b.
raffy has always been a fave, but having had 3 lower lumbar surgeries & needing a 4th, he will never recover 100%.
so use kemps, blakes, martins (want) money & get what we need dread, finally or be a man & walk away stating the obvious, ytou can't do your job!
but how worse could we do next year with either a few vets in the holes or youth; we're 61-61 !
and what a boneheaded deal by dread re: mansham!
first, dread somehow allowed mansham toi get the option(!), then in 20011/12 they pay him 3.3 mil & in '13, they owe him 8.3, so 15 mil he gets while never again playing(rehabbing) for the team - nice way to freeze the future dread, you dingbat!


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