"He's doing well," manager Joe Torre said. "Chances are we won't see him until the middle of the week, but he seems to be doing well. He's working and his leg woes are disappearing. Stan [Conte, athletic trainer] told me everything is going forward."
Responding to a question, Torre rejected the notion that Ramirez is in no hurry to return. He has been on the disabled list three times this season with right leg injuries, this time since July 17.
"Manny wants to play, in my opinion, beyond this year," said Torre, who spoke to Ramirez about his goals during the offseason. "This is the last year of his contract and it doesn't make sense for him to not want to play from a practical aspect."
Ramirez has been working out this week at the club's Camelback Ranch-Glendale complex in Arizona. Torre said he didn't know when Ramirez would be ready for a Minor League rehab assignment.
Outfielder Reed Johnson, on the disabled list with back spasms, said he passed a jogging test and is hopeful he can begin a Minor League rehab assignment next week.