LOS ANGELES -- It will be a Sunday afternoon off for the Los Angeles Dodgers' Manny Ramirez, at least to start. Manager Joe Torre said Ramirez is not in this afternoon's lineup against San Diego because of tightness in his hamstring.
"I was hoping we could wait until Monday or Tuesday to give him a day off , but we'll have four guys off today," said Torre, who also is sitting leadoff man Rafael Furcal, catcher Russell Martin and third baseman Casey Blake as the Dodgers look to extend their home record to 10-0.
Of Ramirez, Torre quipped: "I knew he was moving a little slower, but I chose to ignore that."
Ramirez has played in 24 of the Dodgers' first 25 games and has five home runs and 15 RBI. He is hitting .349 with a .495 on-base percentage. Torre did not say which hamstring his tight.
"What I've got to do is find a formula to space this stuff out," Torre said of a planned rotation to rest some of his veteran players.
Ramirez was expected to be available to pinch-hit if need be Sunday. He also is expected to return to the lineup Monday when the Dodgers open a two-game series against Arizona.