1. Mannys injury
Manny Ramirez strained his left oblique on Aug. 28 and hasnt played since. He has taken batting practice but needs to clear himself (Terry Franconas words) before returning to the lineup. Does this sound to anyone else like last season, when Ramirez started just eight of the team's last 36 games after being diagnosed with what the club called patellar tendinitis in his right knee?
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