ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Struggling Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Manny Ramirez is getting a break.
Ramirez, who started the season with one hit in his first 16 at-bats, was out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels.
"We talked a little bit and then decided not to play him today," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I know it's early in the season, but nevertheless, I think he's still pressing a bit. I really think that he's trying to carry too much of this load right now. He's trying to be too much right now
Maddon said Ramirez also will miss Thursday's game at the Chicago White Sox while tending to a personal matter.
He's trying to do too much? Lets give him two days off a week into the season... baaahahahahahahahahahaha