Manny scratched from spring game with stiff back

March 7, 2012, 10:18 pm
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Designated hitter Manny Ramirez was scratched from the A's spring training contest Wednesday with stiffness in his back, missing a chance to face the Dodgers and former Athletic Aaron Harang.

Chris Carter replaced Ramirez, batting cleanup as the designated hitter.

Ramirez, 39, is hitless in his first five spring plate appearances with his new team. He has hit only one ball out of the infield.

Ramirez still faces the 50-game suspension after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs a second time.

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