PHOENIX (AP) – Manny Ramirez aggravated his sore left hamstring Sunday while playing the outfield for the first time this spring.

The Los Angeles Dodgers slugger was hurt in the fourth inning against Colorado while chasing a ball into the left-field corner. He finished the half-inning but was lifted for pinch-hitter Delwyn Young in the bottom half.

“It’s the same thing. When I was going to the line to cut off the ball on the double, I tried to push it and I felt it,” Ramirez said. “Maybe age is catching up with me.”

The 36-year-old Ramirez said he didn’t know if the injury was severe enough that it would have kept him out of a regular-season game.

Ramirez sat out games Thursday and Saturday for precautionary reasons after first feeling tightness in the hamstring. He said he felt pain Sunday when he chased Troy Tulowitzki’s double into the corner.

Ramirez was scheduled to play the outfield again Monday against the Seattle Mariners, but said he would have to talk to Dodgers manager Joe Torre about where they go from here.

“It’s a little frustrating, but you have to be patient,” Ramirez said. “What can you do? We’ll take it day-by-day again. Today in practice I ran and I felt good. But I have been cautious when running.”

Ramirez returned to the Dodgers when he agreed to a $45 million, two-year contract on March 3.

In his only other spring training game, Ramirez was the designated hitter on Friday. He walked twice before hitting a single.

In his lone at-bat on Sunday, he grounded out to second base.


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