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Manny near rehab stint; Johnson under way

Manny near rehab stint; Johnson under way

LOS ANGELES -- Manny Ramirez could be at Dodger Stadium as early as Tuesday as he nears a rehab stint, while Reed Johnson was at the park Monday after his first rehab appearance for Class A Inland Empire.

Either one could be a boost for an offense that was shut out for the 11th time this season on Sunday, but Ramirez in particular could alleviate some pressure.

"Manny would be a big get once he gets healthy," manager Joe Torre said. "The more weapons we have, the more of a threat and the tougher it is for the opposition to go through our lineup. Certainly Manny is a huge part of that."

Torre said it was possible Ramirez could begin a rehab assignment in seven to 10 days. Ramirez has been out since July 17 with his second strained calf muscle, his third trip to the disabled list this year. He's been working out at the club's Camelback Ranch-Glendale complex in Arizona.

The park will look a little different when he returns, as the Mannywood sign on the left-field wall was removed for a John Hancock advertisement before the start of Monday's series. When asked for a reason, a team official said the space was available for sale all season.

Johnson went 1-for-3 with a double as the DH for Inland Empire on Sunday and will return Tuesday for five at-bats as the DH. Johnson took work in the Dodger Stadium outfield on Monday. He is on the DL retroactive to July 9 with a lumbar strain.

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