LOS ANGELES -- Manny Ramirez returned to Dodger Stadium Tuesday and will begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment Wednesday with the Single-A Inland Empire 66ers.
Ramirez has been on the disabled list since July 16 with an injured calf. The Dodgers had hoped he'd be back in their lineup by now, but he suffered a setback earlier this month and was sent to the team's spring training complex in Glendale, Ariz.
Dodgers trainer Stan Conte said he will evaluate Ramirez later Tuesday to see how he felt after going through batting practice and an hour-long running and workout session before the Dodgers' game against the Colorado Rockies.
Ramirez would likely need at least three games in the minor leagues before returning to the Dodgers.
"What every ball player will tell you, it's different in a game. The intensity is just a little bit more. He ran today and he ran as hard as anybody could run in that situation, but there's always another gear, there's always that 90-plus that you need to get in a game situation."
Ramirez was hitting .317 with eight home runs and 39 RBI when he went on the disabled list for the third time this season.
Ramona Shelburne is a columnist and reporter for ESPNLosAngeles.com.