LOS ANGELES-- Manny Ramirez has officially joined the Chicago White Sox.

As expected, the club claimed the 12-time All-Star slugger on waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, hoping his bat can help them make a playoff push.

Chicago is beginning a 10-game road trip to Cleveland, Boston and Detroit 4½ games behind first-place Minnesota in the AL Central.

Ramirez is back in the AL after a four-year stay in Los Angeles.

He batted .311 with eight homers and 40 RBIs in 66 games with the Dodgers this season.

Ramirez, who will be playing for his fourth major league team, was on the disabled list from July 20 to Aug. 20 with a right calf strain.

He missed 33 games.

Ramirez was traded to the Dodgers in 2008 and signed a $45 million, two-year extension in 2009 that included $10 million each season and three payments of $8,333,333 each from 2011-13.

The 38-year-old is eligible for free agency in the offseason.

Ramirez has been adored in Los Angeles and his sometimes erratic play coined the phrase "Manny being Manny" in Boston during his 7½ seasons there after eight in Cleveland.

He stayed a fan favorite in L.A. even after serving a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy last season.

In his last Dodgers game, Ramirez was ejected after the first pitch after arguing with the decision to call a strike instead of a ball.