Don't break out the dreadlock wig just yet — it looks as if Manny Ramirez's debut with the Oakland Athletics will be delayed.
The former Dodgers slugger probably will not make his debut with the Athletics this week even though his 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy a second time officially ends following Oakland's game against Minnesota on Wednesday.
Oakland assistant general manager David Frost says Ramirez will remain at the team's Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento until the club is confident he is major-league ready. But Frost gave no timetable as to when that might be, saying they want to make sure Ramirez will stay with the team for the remainder of the season once he's promoted.
But will Ramirez be major-league ready? After all, he struggled mightily with the Dodgers, White Sox and Rays before a second violation of Major League Baseball's drug policy forced him to find refuge in a temporary retirement.