MLB statement regarding Manny Ramirez

Major League Baseball announced today that free agent Manny Ramirez has applied to the Commissioner to be reinstated from the Voluntary Retired list.  As a condition of his reinstatement, Ramirez will be required to resolve his outstanding violation of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, which was announced on April 8, 2011.

The Office of the Commissioner and the Players Association have agreed that Ramirez will receive a 50-game suspension under the Joint Drug Program upon his reinstatement from the Voluntary Retired list.  Such suspension shall begin with the first game that Ramirez is eligible to play after a Club signs him to a contract.