Ramirez excused from Rays exhibition

Manny Ramirez is not with the Tampa Bay Rays for the team’s

exhibition finale against the Toronto Blue Jays while attending to

a personal matter.

Manager Joe Maddon said before Wednesday’s game at Tropicana

Field that Ramirez was given permission to leave the club.

Ramirez is expected to return before Friday’s regular season

opener at home against the Baltimore Orioles. The 12-time All-Star

batted .311 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 19 exhibitions.