The Oakland A's were looking for some lineup thump when they signed Manny Ramirez. Actually, I'm not entirely sure what they were looking for. Some wig concessions. A little power. A good eye to teach the kids the virtue of plate discipline. Could be that Billy Beane was dreadfully bored, and he wanted to watch Ramirez try to buy sodas with Canadian money after a road trip to Toronto.
Whatever the reason, things didn't go well for Ramirez in his first rehab start in AAA on Saturday, as he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
On Monday night, though, the old Manny showed up, taking a walk and hitting two singles against the Round Rock Express. Considering that the last time we saw Ramirez, he was busy flailing away at major-league hitting in Tampa, this is the first time Ramirez has been successful in a game since the end of 2010. He'll take it.
The plan is still to have Ramirez play in AAA until his 50-game suspension expires at the end of May.