Manny reportedly cleared for reinstatement

Manny reportedly cleared for reinstatement

Manny Ramirez's path to a comeback is officially clear.

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, Ramirez has been reinstated from the voluntary retirement list. The outfielder, who will turn 40 in May, can return for his 20th big league season after first serving a 50-game suspension under MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Ramirez was initially given a 100-game suspension on April 8 this year for a violation of the program, the second of his career. However, as he essentially sat out nearly all of last season after appearing in five games with Tampa Bay, he'll be required to serve 50 games upon signing.

"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," read a statement the league issued this past Sunday. "Such suspension shall begin with the first game that Ramirez is eligible to play after a club signs him to a contract."

Ramirez had one hit -- a single -- in 17 at-bats with the Rays prior to his second violation and subsequent retirement.

Evan Drellich is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.