Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Manny Not Gone Yet!

Slow burn: Disgruntled Sox slugger Manny Ramirez heard the boos after he didn’t run hard on this seventh-inning ground out during last night’s 6-2 loss to the Angels at Fenway.

A trade of Manny Ramirez [stats] continues to be more fantasy than fact.
The New York Post blogged that the Dodgers and Red Sox had held “substantive” talks regarding Ramirez, but the report suggested a trade of Ramirez would be prelude to the Sox getting Teixeira in a complicated three-team scenario.

We Hope (Ramirez) gets traded - don’t know how bad it really is over there but we’ve hoped for years that he’d get traded out of here,” said one AL East executive. “They won’t be better without him. Their team rules will be obeyed, but what the hell does that mean?”

Before the game Ramirez was icing his left shinbone, just below the knee. Ramirez was icing the same spot on his right leg last week in Seattle just before he asked to be rested because of soreness.

The club ordered MRIs on both his knees on Friday and the results came back clean.

Ramirez may be battling a case of tendinitis in one or both of the knees, but he is gutting out the discomfort and staying in the lineup.

Ramirez was greeted by a slight smattering of boos when introduced before his at-bats last night, and did nothing further to silence his detractors, going 0-for-3 with a walk.

A source close to Ramirez said the enigmatic slugger is content - for now - with his unsettled contract situation, and that he would not shut it down for the remainder of the season, which some have suggested as a possibility.

According to the source, Ramirez believes he will receive a four-year, $100 million deal should he become a free agent. But Ramirez understands a lucrative deal is contingent upon him being a productive hitter and happy camper for the rest of the season.

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