Manny Ramirez is eligible to return to the big leagues on Wednesday after sitting out 50 games for a failed drug test, but the A's will keep him at Triple-A Sacramento, the team announced Monday night.
From the team's Twitter feed:
#Athletics announced that Manny Ramirez will remain with Triple-A Sacramento for the time being and will be monitored on a day by day basis— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) May 29, 2012
Ramirez, who will turn 40 on Wednesday, has eight hits in 32 at-bats (.250 average) so far in nine games at Triple-A Sacramento, with all eight hits going for singles. He was 2 for 4 with two singles on Monday.
Oakland plays an afternoon game at Minnesota on Wednesday before a day off on Thursday. The A's open a three-game series in Kansas City on Friday, then return home to host the Rangers on Monday, June 4.
A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters before Monday's game that he wanted to see Ramirez's swing in better shape before calling him up to the big leagues, but Oakland needs some help offensively. Their 158 runs scored are the fewest in the American League and third-fewest in baseball. Oakland also has the lowest batting average (.209) and OPS (.616) in baseball.
Ramirez isn't the only big bat the A's have in Sacramento, as Yoenis Cespedes started a rehab assignment in Sacramento on Monday and was 1 for 3. Cespedes went on the disabled list on May 12 with a strained left hand. He was hitting .245/.319/.434 with five homers before landing on the DL.