The commissioner’s office warned the Dodgers to keep Manny Ramirez out of their clubhouse while he is serving his suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s substance abuse policy, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times today.
Ramirez, who is eligible to return from his 50-game ban on July 3, “greeted teammates and spoke with reporters in the Dodgers’ clubhouse before Tuesday’s game,” according to the report. Suspended players are not allowed in the clubhouse per league rules during the media access period, which starts 3 1/2 hours before game time.
Wrote the Times’s Bill Shaikin:
[Ramirez] surprised the Dodgers by showing up in the clubhouse. In an impromptu meeting with reporters, he said he has apologized to fans, teammates and ownership but said he had no plan to hold a news conference or otherwise explain the events that led to his suspension.
“I didn’t kill nobody, I didn’t rape nobody, so that’s it,” Ramirez said. “I’m just going to come and play the game.”
The Dodgers were not penalized for the violation.