Former Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez must sign with a major league team… (Mark J. Terrill / Associated…)
Manny Ramirez, after he learned he will not be able to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic because he's on Major League Baseball's inactive list, told ESPNdeportes.com Thursday that he will formally request reinstatement.
Ramirez said that upon reentry, he would serve his 100-game suspension for a second violation of MLB's drug policy.
"I would comply with my pending sanction and I would be available for any major league team," Ramirez said via telephone from Miami. "I already informed [agent] Scott Boras of my decision to return and begin the process.
"If any team wants to sign me, I would play. If no one does, I would look to play in Japan or any other place. I was not prepared for retirement."
Ramirez cannot serve his suspension until he signs with a major league club.
Ramirez is facing criminal prosecution in Florida on charges that he slapped his wife during a recent argument. He told investigators only that he grabbed his wife by the shoulders during an argument and "shrugged" her, causing her to hit her head on the headboard of their bed.
Texas Rangers reliever Mark Lowe's status for the playoffs was in doubt after he received an injection Thursday to treat his strained left hamstring.
General Manager Jon Daniels said in Oakland that tests revealed that Lowe has a moderate strain. After returning to Texas to be examined by the team's physician, Dr. Keith Meister, Lowe received a shot of platelet rich plasma in an effort to speed up healing.
Daniels said there is no timetable for when Lowe might be available.
The Florida Marlins say they have put closer Leo Nunez on MLB's restricted list and he has returned to his native Dominican Republic to attend to personal matters.