It's Manny-mania at U.S. Cellular Field this afternoon.
Just imagine what it's going to be like if the Dodgers actually place Manny Ramirez on waivers.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported the White Sox are ready to pounce on Ramirez if he is placed on waivers, but that depends on a lot of things.
First, and most important _ would the Sox be willing to pick up the rest of Ramirez's salary?
Let's say the Dodgers do put Ramirez on waivers, which could happen as soon as today.
National League teams get first crack, although none are reportedly interested in the 38-year-old slugger.
Among American League teams that are rumored to be interested in Ramirez, the White Sox have the worst record and would get the first chance to put in a claim.
But if the Sox claim Ramirez and Los Angeles doesn't pull him back, they would have to pay Ramirez over $1 million this year and over $3 million in deferred money.
That is a lot to pay a guy who may or may not help you over the final month of the season.
Citing tampering concerns, White Sox GM Kenny Williams declined to specifically address the rumors Tuesday because Ramirez is not yet on waivers.
But here are some other issues...
*Manny has a no-trade clause and he might block a potential trade to the White Sox. The Tigers’ Johnny Damon did the same thing Tuesday after a trade was worked out with the Red Sox.
*The Sox just might decide that Manny isn't healthy enough to help them out. Ramirez has been on the DL three times this season, and he just returned to the Dodgers Saturday after missing five weeks with a calf injury.
When asked directly if he'd want Manny on Tuesday, Ozzie said: "I don't know." Ozzie said he'd definitely want the healthy and productive Manny from a few years ago, and he'd even drive the limo to pick him up at the airport.
*What about the hair? If you play for Jerry Reinsdorf, you wear it short. Manny might be coming to the South Side, but he'd have to leave the dreadlocks in L.A.
Stay tuned on this one.
In other news, Matt Thornton was feeling a lot better after having an MRI on his left elbow Monday.
The Sox' all-star reliever hasn't pitched for a week after the muscles in his left forearm tightened up.
Thornton said there was some fluid in his elbow, but it's been removed with medication.
He hopes to play catch Wednesday and be back with the Sox as early as Monday, when they open a three-game series in Cleveland.
The Sox might have to put Thornton on the DL because they still are short in the bullpen. If that happens, look for Erick Threets to come up from Class AAA Charlotte and Thornton to return when the White Sox open a three-game series at Boston on Sept. 3.
Here are tonight's lineups:
Pierre -- LF
Vizquel -- 3B
Rios -- CF
Konerko -- 1B
Quentin -- RF
Pierzynski -- C
Ramirez -- SS
Teahen -- DH
Beckham -- 2B
Floyd -- RHP
Roberts -- 2B
Markakis -- RF
Wigginton -- 1B
Scott -- DH
Jones -- CF
Pie -- LF
Wieters -- C
Izturis -- SS
Bell -- 3B
Guthrie -- RHP