Manny Ramirez Moves to Chicago

The Chicago White Sox have acquired hard-hitting Manny Ramirez through waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers, boosting their late playoff push as October approaches.

Ramirez, who has been saddled by various problems in the last several years, is expected to report to Chicago on Tuesday, giving the White Sox a reliable slugger who can send balls out of the ball park when it matters most. The White Sox are aiming to get back into the playoffs after missing it last year. They are currently trailing the Minnesota Twins by 41/2 games going into Tuesday’s match with the Cleveland Indians.

Ramirez has played the past two seasons with the Dodgers, although he spent a significant part of the period either on suspension or on the disabled list. He was suspended 50 games in May last year after testing positive for a banned substance. He was on the disabled list from July 20 to August 20 this year, and lost his starting position to Scott Podsednik upon his return on August 21. His last game with the Dodgers also ended on a sour note when he was ejected in the 6th inning of a 10-5 defeat to the Colorado Rockies on August 29.