LOS ANGELES -- Whether Manny Ramirez's rehab assignment this weekend comes with Triple-A Albuquerque or Class A Inland Empire, it will be up to Ramirez, Dodgers manager Joe Torre said Tuesday. But if Torre had his way, it would be at Triple-A.
"Albuquerque makes more sense, but again, only because you want somebody to throw the ball over the plate, and the chances are it's going to happen more at Triple-A than at A-ball," Torre said. "But Manny, it doesn't seem to bother him. He'd swing at the thing over his head."
Inland Empire will be at home Saturday and Sunday, while Albuquerque is on the road in Omaha.
"I was just talking to [Dodgers trainer Stan Conte] about it today," Torre said. "We're juggling the ball right now, and I'm not sure what we're doing, to be honest with you. I'd say by Thursday we'd have some sort of plan in place, and hopefully we can follow through with it."
Ramirez is on the disabled list retroactive to June 30 with a right hamstring injury, and he is eligible to return to action for the first game after the All-Star break.
Carlos Monasterios threw a bullpen session on Tuesday, and he is scheduled to be activated from the DL on Wednesday. Out with a blister on his throwing hand, Monasterios last threw three innings on Saturday for Albuquerque. A roster move to make room for Monasterios has not been announced.