There will be no more visits by Manny Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ clubhouse during media access periods for the remainder of his 50-game suspension.
Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said Wednesday the club received a “friendly reminder” from Pat Courtney, the No. 2 spokesman in the commissioner’s office, that Ramirez wasn’t allowed in the clubhouse when it is open to reporters.
Ramirez’s suspension for violating baseball’s drug rules runs through July 2.
Ramirez told reporters Tuesday: “I didn’t kill nobody, I didn’t rape nobody, so that’s it. I’m just going to come and play the game.”
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“It was not a formal warning. They called to remind us,” Rawitch said. “The letter of the law says Manny is not allowed in the clubhouse while the media is present, and it is our intention to adhere to the policy.”
A-Rod book not doing so hot
The much-anticipated book about Alex Rodriguez by Selena Roberts that was published last month has been a sales disappointment.
“A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez” has sold 16,000 copies out of an original printing of 150,000, according to Neilsen BookScan (which tracks about 75 percent of industry sales). The book sold 11,000 copies in its first week of release, then faded.
The Washington Nationals signed right-hander Drew Storen, the 10th overall pick in the draft, to a deal worth more than $1.5 million. Storen was 7-1 with seven saves and a 3.80 ERA during his sophomore season at Stanford. The Nationals assigned him to Class A Hagerstown. … Cleveland Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore, on the disabled list since May 31, will have an MRI on his strained left elbow Monday. The MRI, plus what Sizemore says about the amount of pain he’s in, will determine whether Sizemore will have surgery. … Free-agent outfielder David Dellucci has signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will report to Triple-A Las Vegas. … The Chicago Cubs activated infielders Aaron Miles from the disabled list and optioned infielder Jake Fox to the minors. … The Houston Astros have sent right-hander Geoff Geary outright to Triple-A Round Rock. He has three days to either accept the assignment or become a free agent.