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Ramirez said he told Torre he wanted to play, but the manager scratched him and started Mark Loretta at DH instead.
"(Torre) said, 'No, let's take one more day off,' " Ramirez said.
Ramirez said he hoped to play on Friday against Texas. He said he has no doubts about being ready for opening day.
"I think we have time," he said.
Ramirez said he hopes he can get between 40 and 50 at-bats before opening day. The Dodgers have 19 spring training games left.
"I need the whole spring training," Ramirez said. "Everybody needs it just to go and get ready at the plate and get ready in the outfield."
Ramirez' scheduled return didn't create a rush at the box office at Camelback Ranch. Thursday's game drew a sparse crowd on a sunny, 75-degree afternoon.
But Ramirez still caused a stir on a day he didn't play.
A flock of South Korean media trailed Ramirez into the parking lot as he left the clubhouse. Ramirez stopped and posed for pictures and signed several autographs -- including one for a batting practice pitcher in a South Korean uniform.
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