Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez could return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday or Thursday after tests on his bruised left hand proved negative.
Ramirez was in Boston on Monday, getting an MRI at Massachusetts General Hospital. The exam showed no structural damage and he has been cleared to start swinging a bat.
“We’ll see how the next day to three days goes. The optimistic view is he’ll back in the lineup while we’re here,” manager John Farrell said.
Although I agree that Hanley has been a horror show in left field, dumping them would be silly.
Debacle? It was a loss. Despite their inconsistent play, despite their breakdowns, despite their failures to play up to expectations, this team has enough talent and, more importantly, time (5.5 back of first) to right the ship and win the division.
Hanley plays the Green Monster as if he thinks it’s electrified. It’s OK, Hanley, you can touch it. Alas, he’ll probably be out there all year. Maybe they should move him to 1B next year to replace Napoli before moving him into Ortiz’s DH spot in 2017.
Day-to-day? It will take a minor miracle for Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez not to miss extended time after reinjuring his left shoulder, which he has already had surgically repaired twice since 2007. The most recent fix required open surgery in 2011, a considerably more invasive procedure than an arthroscopy.
Manny needs to give Hanley some tips on playing the Green Monster. First tip: when you feel the warning track under your feet as you slowly approach the wall, put your right hand back to feel for the wall.
If he’s hitting .195 in June, the Boston media will wear thin.
There is only one Laser Show.
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