Manny Ramirez, appearing in his second game for the 66ers as part of a rehabilitation assignment for a strained right calf, went 0-for-1 with a walk, a run scored and a strikeout before coming out of the game for a pinch-hitter. It appears to be his last rehab game with the Sixers. Prior to the game, he was expected to be activated from the disabled list by the Dodgers on Saturday.
If he does nothing more in his career, Clay Calfee can say he once pinch-hit for Manny Ramirez. Of course, people don’t need to know that it was in a Single-A rehab game. Calfee pinch-hit for Ramirez in the fifth inning. Ramirez played left field, but did not have a single ball hit to him.
He did have an adventure on the basepaths. After Ramirez walked in the first inning, Justin Sellers also walked. With one out, Travis Denker hit a line drive right back at Nick Schmidt.
Schmidt couldn’t catch it, but knocked it down. Ramirez, apparently thinking it had been caught, stayed close to second. Schmidt didn’t realize it and threw to first to retire Denker.
That’s when Ramirez took off for third. First baseman Allan Dykstra noticed that and tried to throw him out. But the throw sailed high over third baseman Vince Belnome and Ramirez trotted home to put the Sixers up 1-0.