Manny coming back to the Cal League

One day after hearing that Dodgers right-hander Jeff Weaver (back) would be rehabilitating with the 66ers in the opener of a three-game series at Lake Elsinore on Tuesday, the team received a bigger piece of news.

Manny Ramirez (right calf), who played for the Sixers last year, is also expected to be playing for the Sixers on Tuesday on a rehab assignment. It’s been reported in several places, including There is no word yet how long Ramirez’s rehab assignment would be, but he’s likely not coming to San Bernardino. After three games in Lake Elsinore, the Sixers play four games at Lancaster. The team returns home May 11.

Last year, Ramirez played for the Sixers at the end of his 50-game suspension for failing a drug test. That first game was also at Lake Elsinore, where he went 2-for-2 with a walk and a home run. He then played the next two days in San Bernardino, going 1-for-5 with a walk.

Not too bad for the Storm. Two years in a row, they get a home game with Ramirez rehabbing for the Sixers. Last year, it was on a Saturday, when there was already going to be a big crowd (over 8,000 ended up turning out). This year, it’s on a Tuesday, so an otherwise light night will be quite a bit busier.