Torre told Ramirez playing time would be cut

Dodgers GM says it was probably time to part with slugger

September 05, 2010|By Dave van Dyck

Before the waiver acquisition by the White Sox became official, Dodgers manager Joe Torre pulled Manny Ramirez (above) aside Sunday to tell him that, at best, he would play three or four times a week the rest of the season. Then, perhaps strategically as the Dodgers tried to convince him to go, Ramirez was asked if he wanted to start that day. He said no. The rest is history, as Ramirez was ejected after one pitch as a pinch hitter and officially joined the Sox. "It was probably time for both of us," general manager Ned Colletti said. … Derrek Lee is a short-term fix for the Braves. Among their roster call-ups was first baseman Freddie Freeman, the organization's first International League rookie of the year since Chipper Jones in 1993. … No question whom the Yankees will start first in the playoffs, especially if they open at home. CC Sabathia is looking more like Cy Cy. He is undefeated in the Bronx in his last 21 outings (16-0). That's the best home streak since Johan Santana went 24 straight in the Metrodome from 2005 to '07. … Was Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun hurt in July when he batted .200? He followed that with a .424 average in August but said he wouldn't talk about it "because it'll just sound like an excuse." … Decisions, decisions: Do the Rangers start the playoffs with Cliff Lee, who was 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA last postseason with the Phillies, or C.J. Wilson, who is 7-0 with a 1.99 ERA since the All-Star break?

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