He's coming. One day you'll be watching Sportscenter and you'll see live footage of a player trapped under the tarp in the upper deck of the Oakland Coliseum. Your brain will struggle to comprehend what's going on. And then it will click.
The A's plan to send Ramirez, who remains at extended spring training in Phoenix, on a 10-game Minor League assignment before they call him up.
Ramirez was originally suspended for 100 games for violating MLB's substance-abuse policy, testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs for the second time. The sentence was reduced to 50 games, though, with MLB considering his surprise retirement as "time served." He'll be eligible to come off the suspension on May 30.
And the new wrinkle? The A's are doing quite well, considering. They're a game over .500, and close enough to the fifth wild-card spot to start thinking big. How will Manny hit, and who will make room? The A's will figure it out. And it might be a failed experiment, but it isn't going to be boring.