AP source: No winter ball for Manny Ramirez

By RONALD BLUM | September 22, 2011 | 2:35 PM EDT

FILE- This June 9, 2010 file photo shows Los Angeles Dodgers Manny Ramirez hitting a two-run home run as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and home plate umpire Kerwin Danley look on during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles. Dominican baseball officials say Ramirez intends to play for a team in his Caribbean homeland. Winston Llenas, president of the Cibao Eagles, a winter league team in the northern Dominican Republic, told The Associated Press on Tuesday Sept. 20, 2011, that Ramirez is expected to start training with his team next week. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill,File)

NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Manny Ramirez will not be allowed to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic because he neither served a suspension nor contested it following a positive drug test this year.

The Cibao Eagles, a Dominican winter league team Ramirez played with in 1993-94, said this week he was expected to start training with the club.

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, however, have concluded Ramirez is ineligible, the person told The Associated Press on Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because management and the union did not announce that publicly.

Then with Tampa Bay, Ramirez told MLB in April he would retire rather than face a 100-game suspension for a second positive drug test.

Ramirez served a 50-game ban in 2009 after a positive test for human chorionic gonadotropin, a banned female fertility drug often used to help mask steroid use.

MLB's Winter League Agreement gives it the power to block Ramirez. The league's stance first was reported by ESPN.com.