This time a month ago it was expected that Manny Ramirez would be manning the middle of the A's lineup. Well it's been over a week since Manny was eligible for reinstatement and the aging slugger still finds himself in Triple-A Sacramento, playing against teams like the Tacoma Rainiers.
This is due in part to two factors that have held him out of recent contests, the first of which is his play. His current .243 average in Sacramento isn't convincing anyone that he's ready for the big leagues. The other issue holding him out of the lineup is tightness in his left hamstring, probably due in part to the amount of time between baseball activities this year.
Should Ramirez actually reach Oakland it'll be interesting to see what he has left in the tank, and just how much of an impact he can have on a team that's desperate for more steady offense. Manny has his fair share of experience with the American League, so certain games and opposing pitchers should make certain at-bats far more interesting than others.
Here are 10 matchups that will be interesting to watch should Manny reach Oakland this year.