Francona Rests Ramirez, Who Has Sore Knee

Monday, August 28, 2006

All-star Manny Ramirez was out of Boston's starting lineup for the third time in four games yesterday as the Red Sox closed out a series against the Mariners.

Ramirez played in Saturday night's 4-3 loss to the Mariners and was 0 for 3. The outfielder told Manager Terry Francona his right knee was sore yesterday morning.

"I don't think it's a setback," Francona said. "I think it was bothering him during the game. We were hoping a couple of days off would be enough."

Ramirez started in left field on Saturday after missing the previous two games. He was originally planning to return in Oakland today, but felt well enough to try and play in the Mariners series.

He had an MRI exam in Anaheim, Calif., earlier this week that showed no structural damage. He started on Wednesday night against the Angels, but left after three innings with discomfort in the knee.

"When he played he didn't feel good, so where it stands now, I don't know," Francona said.

Francona also said that LHP Jon Lester would not make his scheduled start tonight in Oakland and instead would be sent back to Boston for further examination on his sore back.

Two other Red Sox players were sidelined yesterday as well. OF Wily Mo Peña was out again after straining a tendon in his left wrist in Friday's game. C Doug Mirabelli also aggravated an ankle injury during batting practice on Saturday.

Javy Lopez started behind the plate for the second straight game.

RHP Tim Wakefield also plans to throw off the mound in Oakland today. Wakefield hasn't started a game since July 17 with a stress fracture in his rib cage area.

· MOVES : The Tigers optioned RHP Colby Lewis to Class AAA Toledo and OF Brent Clevlen to Class AA Erie after their 7-1 win over the Indians.

GM Dave Dombrowski said lefty Andrew Miller , Detroit's No. 1 draft pick in June, will be called up tomorrow from Class A Lakeland before the Tigers open a three-game series at Yankee Stadium in New York.

Veteran OF Alexis Gomez will have his contract purchased from Toledo after the Tigers clear space on their 40-man roster.

The Tigers have the best record in the majors and lead Minnesota by five games in the AL Central.

Manager Jim Leyland said LHP Mike Maroth , who had surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow on June 2, won't be activated until the rosters are expanded Sept. 1. "We'll put him in the bullpen," Leyland said.

-- From News Services

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