By Casey Pratt
CSN Bay Area
OAKLAND -- Where is Manny? When will Manny be here? The A's offense is struggling, why don't the A's just call up Manny? There has been a lot of buzz around Manny Ramirez since he was eligible to join the A's on May 30, which was also his 40th birthday. All the questions have simple answers. Ramirez hasn't played in Triple-A since June 2. "I don't think too much about it," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "I just look at the game reports and listen to what they are saying. But it's not like I have a specific date in mind that I think he'll be here." If the A's weren't going to give him a call up when he had played in eight of nine games for the River Cats, hitting just .243 (9-for-37) with no extra base hits -- they certainly aren't going to bring him up when he isn't even playing. I am the only A's beat writer that talked to Manny and watched him play in Sacramento. At the time he seemed hesitant to declare himself ready to face MLB-caliber pitching. He stressed the need to see as many pitches as possible. Well, lately he hasn't been seeing any pitching because of a hamstring issue. He has missed five of six games since the day A's decided not to call him up. The one game he did play on June 2, he only had one at-bat -- he singled and then pulled himself out of the game. Melvin said Ramirez is going to test out his sore leg and possibly play Friday for the River Cats, who are on the road against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. When pressed on if Ramirez might never arrive, Melvin said that it is too early to make that judgement. The A's certainly won't be in a hurry to bring him up. They enter interleague play again this weekend, and Ramirez is only a DH at this point in his career. The A's will be playing in National League parks until June 14.
Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup again tonight after leaving the Red Sox game Thursday night with knee pain in the fifth inning.
Josh Rutledge will start at second base as the Sox open a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.
The weather and sloppy field conditions were a factor in John Farrell deciding to get Pedroia out of the game Thursday and conditions haven’t improved significantly Friday.
Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on that knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked the plunking war between the Orioles and Red Sox.
The full lineups:
Jean Segura SS
Guillermo Heredia CF
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Danny Valencia 1B
Taylor Motter LF
Ben Gamel RF
Mike Zunino C
Yovanni Gallardo RHP
Mookie Betts RF
Andrew Benintendi LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Josh Rutledge 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr CF
Christian Vazquez C
Deven Marrero 3B
Eduardo Rodriguez LHP
BOSTON — Red Sox left-hander David Price is set to make his season debut in a holiday matinee Monday on the road in Chicago against the White Sox.
Price, 31, starting the second season of a $217 million, seven-year contract, has been recovering from a strained pitching elbow since spring training.
“Excited, just to be back here,” he said Thursday. “There’s not a better feeling. You can’t replicate it anywhere else.”
Price allowed nine runs — six earned — and 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings in a pair of less-than-impressive injury rehabilitation starts at Triple-A Pawtucket. He struck out eight and walked two.
“A lot of pitches, in a short amount of time. I think that is more of a test to being healthy as opposed to going out there and throwing five or six [innings] in 90 pitches,” he said. “To do what I did in both of my rehab outings, I don’t think you can do that if you’re not healthy.”
The Red Sox (24-21) have won four in a row heading into their weekend series against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.
“He’s eager to get back to us and physically he feels great,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “His return to us will give us a definite boost but that’s not to de-emphasize he needs to go out and perform.”
Farrell hopes Price’s return has a trickle-down impact.
“It’s not based solely on the name on the back of his jersey,” Farrell said. “Hopefully it allows us to even out some of the performances within the rotation.”
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