The assignment began Tuesday night in Albuquerque, where Ramirez is expected to play Wednesday and Thursday. He will take Friday off to travel to Southern California and play for Class A Inland Empire from Saturday-Tuesday. He will be off Wednesday and rejoin the Dodgers on Thursday in San Diego with his 50-game suspension for violating the Major League Baseball drug policy served.
"He got his workout in and that's all I'm concerned with," Torre said of Ramirez's 0-for-2 debut on Tuesday. "He surprised me that he played the outfield. I thought he would DH. But that sounds like him. He'd rather play. This spring, when he had the leg [hamstring] stuff, we wanted him to take it easy with the DH and he said he'd rather play."
Torre has said Ramirez will reclaim his starting left-field job when he rejoins the club with Juan Pierre, who has started each game in left field in place of Ramirez, being rotated into center field as a fourth outfielder.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.