I just found out that it will be officially reported today that Manny Ramirez has tested positive for Performing Enhancing Drugs and will be suspended for 50 games.
According to the report, he will say that the positive tests stemmed from some medication he took.
I’m not sure about the appeals process for this kind of thing, but the suspension is supposed to start today. If this all goes into effect, he wouldn't be eligible to return until July 3.
This is a crushing blow to many fantasy teams. Not only will you be missing one of your star hitters, but he will be just using up a roster spot for nearly two months.
Ramirez is way too good of a hitter to just drop. I don't think this will affect him for the rest of the season once he comes back. Manny doesn’t seem to care about anything but having fun and hitting a baseball.
For fantasy purposes, act quickly and pick up Juan Pierre. This should make him an everyday player again and his steal potential is huge.
Here is a link to a story on ESPN.com, but this story should develop more as the days go on.
As always, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to find a replacement for Manny or for any other fantasy question.