Ramirez is officially eligible to join the A's on Wednesday, when his 50-game drug suspension concludes, but instead will be added to Triple-A Sacramento's 25-man roster as he continues to garner more at-bats. Ramirez went 8-for-32 without an extra-base hit in his first nine games with the River Cats.
"It really is day-to-day," Forst said on a conference call. "There is really no other way to describe it. We've gone and seen him the last two nights. Bob [Melvin] has been in touch with [Sacramento manager] Darren Bush every night after their game, and I think we just want to make sure that we feel, and that Manny feels, he is 100 percent ready before we pull the trigger on this move. I don't have any time frame.
"I don't think we have any sort of goals, necessarily, in terms of performance or at-bats. I think we have seen him make progress, and we need to make sure that it's at the point where everyone feels he's Major League-ready. There's no number in mind for at-bats or hits. Once we make the move, we want him to be here to stay and to be able to contribute every day. We want to be 100 percent sure of it."
The A's appear to need all the help they can get offensively lately, having entered Tuesday's contest in Minnesota with a Major League-low .211 average. In their last 15 games, 11 of which have resulted in a loss, the A's are batting .186.
But Forst noted he's not too keen on making a short-term decision.
"Obviously, we would like to improve the Major League offense, but we're not even 50 games in," Forst said. "There's still four months to play. We're trying to make a long-term decision here for the team and not just rush into this because we'd like to score a couple of extra runs tonight or tomorrow. Obviously it's part of the decision, but we want Manny to be here to stay once he gets here."