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Manny feels comfortable after rehab start

Manny feels comfortable after rehab start

LOS ANGELES -- Three days away from his scheduled return to the Dodgers, Manny Ramirez took batting practice at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday and will play left field Thursday for Class A Inland Empire in his second rehab start.

Ramirez, on the disabled list with a strained right calf, went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a strikeout as the designated hitter on Tuesday in his first rehab start. Ramirez's hit came on a fly ball that probably should have been caught, but manager Joe Torre said he's concerned only with Ramirez's comfort level at the plate.

"He feels fine, he's ready to come back here," Torre said. "The only thing I asked him about were his at-bats, the comfort part of it, which is what I need for him to feel like. He seems fine."

Ramirez will rest Friday as the Dodgers open a three-game series at home with the Rockies, but he should be available on Saturday.

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