Manny update and a couple of other things

Manny Ramirez is running at “about 75-80 percent” according to a member of the team’s medical staff, and Joe Torre said Stan Conte told him that Manny should be ready to DH by the time the Dodgers play the Angels in Tempe on Monday. Not sure when he’ll play LF, but Torre indicated he’ll hold his breath and cross his fingers when Manny does play defensively. … Doug Mientkiewicz is fully recovered from his quadriceps injury and made the trip tonight, He is expected to enter the game later. … This is kind of a big game as it pertains to the battle for the fifth starter’s spot. Claudio Vargas is starting and expected to pitch three innings, with Eric Milton expected to follow and pitch another three innings. Both of those guys are near the top of a competition that no one seems to want to win. Right now, Milton appears to be the favorite.