MLB notes: Manny Ramirez looking to make comeback

Oakland Athletics' Manny Ramirez watches from the dugout during their spring training game against...

Oakland Athletics' Manny Ramirez watches from the dugout during their spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels at Phoenix Municipal Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona, March 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Darryl Webb)

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Former all-star outfielder Manny Ramirez is trying to get back to the major leagues and a scout told CBS Sports that he looked impressive during a recent workout near his home in Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Ramirez has had contact with teams about a possible minor-league deal, but no formal offers have been made.

Ramirez was suspended for performance-enhancing drug-related violations in 2009 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and 2011 with the Tampa Bay Rays. He’s just one strike away from a lifetime ban.

“When you make a mistake in life, no matter what you do, you’re going to pay the price,” Ramirez Fox Sports in March.

Ramirez last played in the minors with the Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers organizations in 2012 and ‘13. He batted .259 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 30 games with the Rangers’ triple-A Round Rock club. He also batted .352 with eight home runs in 49 games in Taiwan.

The 42-year-old has been scouted or contacted by a few teams, mostly in the American League. One possible deal with Baltimore Orioles recently fell through. He is open to a minor-league deal or even playing in Japan.

In 19 major-league seasons, Ramirez batted .312 with 2,574 hits, 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs.

DUDA HOSPITALIZED

New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda was hospitalized Friday with a stomach ailment that caused him to be dehydrated.

“He’s getting an IV, because he couldn’t keep any fluids down,” Mets manager Terry Collins told ESPN.

Josh Satin took Duda’s place in the lineup Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Duda was able to return to Citi Field in time to serve as a pinch hitter.

HARVEY HOPES

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is aiming for June 10 to begin pitching off a mound in the next phase of his rehabilitation since undergoing elbow surgery last fall.

Harvey, who had Tommy John surgery to repair the elbow in his pitching arm, went from playing catch at 90 feet to 120 feet Friday.

The right-hander is holding out hope of pitching this season, which would be well ahead of schedule in his recovery. But the Mets are not likely to allow that to take place.

The 24-year-old Harvey started 26 games for the Mets last year and posted a 9-5 record with a 2.27 ERA before the injury.


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