Friday, March 13, 2009

All-Star caliber players can be patient in long spring training

By Mel Antonen

PHOENIX — Manny Ramirez's tight left hamstring kept him from making his Cactus League debut Thursday, but like everyone else this spring, he doesn't feel rushed.

"There's plenty of time, that's in my favor," Ramirez said after being scratched from the Los Angeles Dodgers' exhibition against Korea.

Spring training is a time for relaxed preparation, especially this year. The World Baseball Classic tacked on 10 training days, and teams are allowing key players a light load, particularly those who played deep into October.

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