GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Manny Ramirez's Cactus League appearances, already sparse, will continue to be fewer and far between, as manager Bob Melvin looks to hand time in the designated-hitter spot to players in need of at-bats.
Ramirez, meanwhile, will get his at-bats in Minor League camp, as he did Sunday and Monday. He's played in just three games with the A's, going hitless in eight at-bats, and will start for them at DH on Tuesday at home against the Brewers.
"Being as he has to start with the 50-game suspension and that camp is shortened, I think we've probably committed DH at-bats to finding out some other things about other guys," Melvin said. "But he wants to go over there [to Minor League camp]. He tells me, 'Hey look, don't worry about me. I know you're under the gun to get other guys at-bats.' He's been great about that."
Daric Barton started Monday's game at DH and will be limited to that role until his surgically-repaired right shoulder is cleared to throw in games. Jonny Gomes and Seth Smith are also expected to garner DH at-bats in the next week, as the club prepares for departure to Japan a week from Thursday.