Joe Maddon is giving Manny Ramirez a break. Ramirez will miss Thursday's game for personal reasons in addition to being scratched from Wednesday's lineup.
"I know it's early in the season, but I still think he's pressing a bit," Maddon told MLB.com . "I really think he's trying to carry too much of this load right now. I want him to understand that I'm seeing that, that I think he's trying way too hard. All I want him to do is his part, nobody else's part, that we all can take care of ourselves here."
Ramirez is 1 for 16 so far this season and was booed by the home fans in Tuesday night's loss to the Angels.
The designated hitter will join his teammates in Chicago on Friday, missing Thursday's game against the White Sox.@cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.