- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 30, 2011

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (AP) - Manny Ramirez is not with the Tampa Bay Rays for the team’s exhibition finale against the Toronto Blue Jays while attending to a personal matter.

Manager Joe Maddon said before Wednesday’s game at Tropicana Field that Ramirez was given permission to leave the club.

Ramirez is expected to return before Friday’s regular season opener at home against the Baltimore Orioles. The 12-time All-Star batted .311 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 19 exhibitions.