Manny getting close to rehab assignment

Manny getting close to rehab assignment

SAN FRANCISCO -- Injured outfielder Manny Ramirez, who remained a Dodger despite a series of inquiries from teams before Saturday's Trade Deadline, is nearing a Minor League rehab assignment, athletic trainer Stan Conte said Sunday.

Ramirez has been out since July 17 with his second strained calf muscle, his third trip to the disabled list this year. Conte said Ramirez continues to work out at the club's Camelback Ranch-Glendale complex in Arizona and will be in Los Angeles on Tuesday or Wednesday to be re-evaluated.

"He's hitting, he's running, he's throwing," said Conte. "He's taking live batting practice, taking fly balls. He's sprinting at about 60 to 70 percent intensity. Tomorrow we'll see how hard he's running and determine when he can play in rehab games."

Meanwhile, outfielder Andre Ethier missed his second game Sunday after flying home for the birth of his second child, a boy. He is expected back in the lineup Monday night against San Diego.